Japan reigns as Thais thirst for overseas travel this Songkran

Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka made top 10

Thais may be bucking the tradition of returning to their hometowns for Songkran, according to Agoda.

The OTA says its booking data for the upcoming Songkran period shows Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Taipei taking up four of the top 10 spots.

Tokyo (pictured) took Bangkok’s crown in the ranking of Thai’s most booked destinations during Songkoran 

This suggests a departure from the tradition of Thais returning to their hometowns to pay respect to their elders by pouring scented water onto their palms and visiting a temple to make merit, according to Agoda.

Agoda’s booking data show Tokyo usurping Bangkok as the most-booked Songkran destination, a title the Thai city held for at least the last two years.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s seaside destinations of Pattaya and Hua Hin held onto second and third destination for Thai travellers.

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