Option 1: With Classy Fine Dining
Saffron at Banyan Tree
Celebrate Thai New Year by indulging in some fine Thai cuisine. Banyan Tree’s award-winning Thai restaurant Saffron has your fancy gastro-needs covered with their 5-course set dinner, curated especially for the holiday season. Put together by corporate master chef Renu Homsombat, expect a contemporary twist on classic authentic Thai plates—each dish fulfilling your taste buds and aesthetic needs with masterful skill and presentation. Go because the menu is only on for a limited time and too good to be missed.
Saffron’s special menu is available April 9-16 from 6-10:30pm. Reserve your table at 0-2679-1200.
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Option 2: Dance All Night Until You Drop!
BEAM Three-Night Songkran Party
You thought the December 31st New Years countdown party was crazy, here’s round two! BEAM nightclub at 72 Courtyard is bringing in some wicked international DJs along with the best local talents for three nights of wild and wet partying. Expect the likes of Montreal-based High Klassified, KingKhan, Tech 12 and Noxro. Also be sure to keep your ears open for local artists Mae Happy Air and Patty YourVillain's sets on the second night, while fans of R&B really mustn’t miss Didi Hahn. The coolest London-based hip-hop DJs Places + Faces will also be making an appearance on the final night, so there is a lot to look forward to. Be prepared to have your hands in the air and get soaked at what will be the most happening party this April.
The party runs from April 13 till April 15, from 9pm till late. Entry for three days is 800++ baht and includes three free drinks. For more information, visit the official event Facebook page. You can purchase your ticket now here.
Option 3: A Holiday Getaway
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Bangkok city-life can get dull after a while, and with so many days off in a row, how could you not plan a quick getaway out of the city? Nothing beats a trip up north to escape the heat, and Anantara Chiang Mai Resort’s special Songkran package makes it all the more tantalising. Book a stay (minimum of two nights) to ring in the Thai New Year with luxury, style and fun away from the city. Package benefits include Anantara’s delicious international breakfast buffet, a bottle of craft beer, a four-hour Tuk Tuk tour of the city during the water festival and even Songkran essentials of water guns, water buckets and those colourful Songkran shirts. And of course, after a fun-filled day, you get to return to the luxurious comfort of your suite where you can admire the breathtaking beauty of the Mae Ping River at sunset from your balconey.
Anantara Chiang Mai’s special Songkran package runs from April 12-15 for 7,600 baht net per room per night. For more information and reservations, dial 0-5325-3333.
Option 4: Getaway In Bangkok!
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Want some R&R, but also don’t want to miss out on the Songkran action down at Thonglor come nightfall? Splurge a little and treat yourself to a stay (minimum of two nights) at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, which is also offering a tempting Songkran package. A stay gets you a daily breakfast buffet for two, beautiful Thai jasmine neck-garlands as a welcome gift and a full Songkran survival kit as well—water guns, scented water, white powder and waterproof pouches to keep your valuables dry when you enter the water warzone. A tradition morning Songkran ceremony involving almsgiving to 99 monks will be held on April 12 for hotel guests to experience the true spirit of Songkran. The stay also comes with a complimentary Mariage Frères Afternoon Tea at The Lobby for two and an hour-long couple’s massage (available from 10am-10pm; advanced booking required).
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Songkran package is valid from today till the end of April 2018 for 6,200++ baht per room per night. For more information and reservations, dial 0-2126-8866.