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Celebrating Songkran Festival in Phuket

Have a memorable Songkran festival celebration at Blue Tree Phuket.

Songkran is one of Thailand’s most famous festivals celebrated throughout the country. Traditionally held from April 13th to April 15th, Songkran marks the Thai New Year, a time of renewal, cleansing, and fun-filled water fights that symbolize washing away the past year’s misfortunes and welcoming the future with a clean slate.

Tourists and visitors planning to be in Phuket during Songkran are in for an extraordinary treat, especially if you celebrate at Blue Tree Phuket, the premier water activity center in Phuket.

A woman with a water gun during Songkran

The Tradition of Songkran

Songkran’s roots are deeply embedded in Buddhist traditions and the Thai agrarian way of life. Historically, the festival marked the end of the dry season—April being Thailand’s hottest month—and the beginning of the annual rains that rejuvenate the land for farming.

The festival is characterized by several traditions that reflect the values of family, respect, and purification, such as water pouring over family members and elders as a sign of respect and to bring good fortune. Merit-making is done by visiting temples to offer food to monks, releasing birds and fish into the wild, and paying homage to ancestors.

Celebrating Songkran Festival Across Phuket

Phuket offers a diverse Songkran celebration experience. From the lively water fights on the major beaches to the more traditional festivities in the temples, there’s a way for everyone to take part in the celebrations.

Patong Beach

Known for its vibrant and dynamic atmosphere, Patong becomes the epicenter of Songkran’s modern water battles. Expect streets filled with locals and tourists, armed with water guns and buckets, ready for plenty of playful combat.

Karon and Kamala Beaches

Offering a slightly more relaxed vibe, these beaches are perfect for families and those looking for a less crowded experience. The festive spirit is palpable, with local businesses and bystanders joining the fun.

Phuket Old Town

For a touch of tradition, Phuket Old Town’s Songkran celebration includes cultural parades, beauty pageants, and religious ceremonies where locals pay respect to their elders and visit temples to perform merit-making activities.

Songkran Water Fun at Blue Tree Phuket

A man and a boy on a waterslide in Blue Tree Phuket

While the entire island of Phuket offers various ways to celebrate the Songkran festival, Blue Tree Phuket presents a unique blend of cultural immersion and aquatic fun, making it an ideal venue for families, couples, and solo travelers to enjoy the festival.

Expansive Water Playground

Blue Tree’s Lagoon is the perfect setting for a family-friendly version of Songkran’s water festivities. With safe, clean, and controlled environments, visitors of all ages can enjoy water fights, splash in the pool, or slide down water slides, embracing the essence of Songkran without the chaos of the crowded streets.

Cultural and Culinary Experiences

At Blue Tree Phuket, Songkran is an opportunity to learn more about Thai culture. For instance, the Lifestyle Village within Blue Tree offers an array of local dishes, street food, and delicacies, where visitors can savor the flavors of traditional Thai cuisine.

Special Songkran Activities

Blue Tree Phuket ensures a memorable celebration by hosting special activities to commemorate the Songkran festival. Guests can witness traditional Thai dance performances and participate in unique water-themed games and activities that reflect the festival’s spirit of joy, renewal, and community.

Making the Most of Songkran at Blue Tree Phuket

Aerial view of Blue Tree Phuket water activity center

To fully embrace the Songkran festival experience at Blue Tree Phuket, here are a few tips:

Dress Appropriately: Prepare to get wet! Wear comfortable, quick-drying clothes and provide waterproof protection for your valuables.

Participate in Traditional Practices: Take part in the respectful aspects of Songkran, such as gently pouring water over the hands of elders, to truly understand the festival’s cultural significance.

Stay Hydrated and Protected: With all the excitement, it’s easy to forget about the sun overhead. Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen regularly to stay safe while having fun.

Explore All Zones: Beyond the Lagoon, explore Blue Tree’s other zones, such as Lifestyle Village, Forest Park, and Kids Planet for a full day of entertainment and relaxation. Each area offers fun activities that complement the Songkran festivities.

What better way to celebrate a water festival than to spend a day enjoying Blue Tree Phuket’s family-friendly water attractions? You can have lots of fun and adventure doing activities at the Lagoon, Blue Tree’s expansive water playground. Have an awesome and unforgettable time during the Songkran festival at Blue Tree Phuket. Book your tickets today.

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