Sukhothai is home to a historical park that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s cities, a day spent bicycling around the peaceful ponds and majestic ruins of Sukhothai is the ideal interlude.
Situated in the northern Thai province of the same name, Sukhothai is home to a historical park that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 for its dynastic relics dating back to the 13th century. The site’s reddish-orange brick and laterite temples are best seen by the bicycles rented out by shops outside the park gates. Along the way, lotus-dotted pools and stucco Buddha statues can be admired with no automobile traffic to disturb the serenity. Wat Mahathat, the park’s crown jewel, with nearly 200 temples surrounded by a wide moat, is a site to behold from every angle.
The Thai New Year, also known as Songkran, is just around the corner and preparations are well under way.
Songkran is celebrated throughout Thailand between the 13th and 15th of April, but in Pattaya celebrations continue for even more days! The celebrations are extended until the 19th of April and this extension is traditionally called “Wan Lai” festival which literally means “the day that flows”.
What is Songkran in Pattaya about?
Pattaya during the week of Songkran goes mental! Nothing comes close to this spectacular week, and for this reason more than half a million people from all over Thailand and abroad flood into Pattaya.
Songkran usually starts as early as the 11th of April and peaks on the 19th of April with many people booking their holidays exactly for the purpose of joining the water combat zone and having an experience of a lifetime.
What to do?
11th of April:
There are several hot-spots during the first week in order for people to enjoy Songkran such as:
18th of April:
The Naklua area of Pattaya and especially the old Naklua Fresh Market.
19th of April:
The big party! The beach road and all adjacent roads are closed to traffic, creating a 3 mile long water fun road with thousands of people attending, all soaking each other and taking part in the fun.
April, the month of Songkran, is considered to be one of the hottest months in the Thai calendar year and Chiang Mai is recommended as the place to be during this period.
Why Chiang Mai?
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. Positioned in the foothills of northern Thailand, it’s picturesque with a magic feeling to it, effortlessly combining traditional Thailand with the modern world.
Time flies by in Chiang Mai, where you can easily spend a week sightseeing, doing outdoor activities and of course, eating! Cuisine specialties of the city include sushi bars around the university, Burmese curries, Thai street food and vegetarian health food.
Thai New Year – Water Festival
As Songkran, the Thai New Year is around the corner, we are preparing a series of informational articles about Songkran and the events revolving around the celebrations.
On a weekly basis an article, concentrating each week on a different city of Thailand and the special events taking place in that city will be highlighted.
This will give you an opportunity to make plans to visit Thailand and participate in a world famous festival.
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Along the famous route