As the traditional New Year in several South-east Asia approaches, TTG Asia would like to wish our readers in Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos a happy Songkran, Thingyan, Moha Sangkran Chhnam Thmey Khmer and Pi Mai Lao.
DMOs are also taking the opportunity to invite travellers to visit these countries to experience the traditional merit-making and modern-day revelry associated with the Water Festival.
During the Burmese New Year Water Festival (April 13-17), key tourist destinations will boast their own celebrations, including the inaugural floating Thingyan festival in the Inle Lake featuring thousands of boats and barges at Inle Cultural Heritage Trust Complex in Nyaung Shwe, and Yangon’s first-ever Inya Splash Walk, taking place on the Inya Road with celebrities, entertainment, food vendors and other activities, according to Myanmar Tourism Marketing.
Thailand, meanwhile, is using Songkran to promote tourism in such emerging destinations like Tak, Mukdahan and Ranong, as well as supporting activities in eight other provinces (Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Ayutthaya, Phuket and Songkhla) to showcase local traditions of the annual Thai water festival.
“Thailand’s emerging destinations and secondary cities have a unique charm that is often found in smaller towns around the world. Some traditions are maintained in these places that might have faded in larger more established destinations like Bangkok or Pattaya,” said Yuthasak Supasorn, governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand.