Songkran 2015 is over, so let’s compare Nakhon Si Thammarat and Baeng San with 2014’s episode in Koh Samui
The iTravel Channel’s Songkran 2015 iTravel Exclusives are now online! Courtesy of our wonderful partners at Tourism Authority of Thailand, this year we were lucky to experience Thai New Year two destinations: Nakhon Si Thammarat and Baeng San. And we’ve got to say: it was certainly a big difference from our Songkran 2014 celebrations in Koh Samui.
All these places had their fair share of water fights and party vibes. But in Koh Samui, it was all about getting totally wet – mostly because for many of the international tourists it’s their first and perhaps only chance to get into the world’s biggest water fight. Meanwhile, in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Baeng San the water fight was totally Thai. In both Baeng San and Koh Samui, the beach was like a buffer zone — totally relaxed and no sudden splashing, or else!
In Koh Samui, various temples and pagodas were busy for merit making and paying respects in the typical spiritual tradition of Songkran.
But in Nakhon Si Thammarat, these rituals took on a deeper meaning with the Nang Kradan Festival. It’s the only place in Thailand where this festival is celebrated, a worship of the Brahmin deities and the story of the god Shiva coming to the earth. This peaceful procession of over 1,000 people was definitely a unique and memorable Songkran experience.
Meanwhile, Baeng San is where the Wan Lai Festival is celebrated for Songkran. The most famous attraction is a sand sculpture building competition. Again, this is the only place in Thailand where you can see these grandiose pagodas and carvings take place on the beach – and it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind way enjoy Songkran.
There are plenty of different ways to enjoy Songkran in Thailand, and it only depends on what you’re looking for and the destination. Let us be your tour guide! Keep watching our videos here on The iTravel Channel.