Summer of Bangkok is from March to June, known for clear sky and no rain. Take this chance and visit popular attractions like the Grand Palace, Temple of Emerald Buddha, and Temple of Dawn for superb photo opportunity. Stroll along the streets and you can catch the real essences of Bangkok. It’s hot but that’s not the problem as you can find some nice and cool place to chill down or just visit street vendor for a cup of iced tea or herbal drinks.
Unlike any season of Thailand, you can expect for grandest events and ritual ceremonies. It is the time for Thailand’s traditional New Year called “Songkran Festival”
when people celebrate by splashing each other with water. This is yet to include the region’s exclusive Royal Ploughing Ceremony
and Visakha Bucha Day
which will give you once in a lifetime experience.
13-15 April 2015
Khaosan Road, Silom Road, Sanam Luang
Bangkok is undoubtedly the best place to celebrate Songkran Festival in Thailand. You will enjoy with water fight everywhere and all day long especially at tourist hot spots like Khaosan and Silom Road. If you are looking for more traditional trait, sacred Buddhist ceremony will be held at Sanam Luang in the morning of 13th April, and you can also visit any temple to bathing Budda’s statue and monk to bring good fortune to your life.
Phra Pradaeng Songkran Festival
18 – 20 April 2015
Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan Province
Phra Pradaeng is a district in Samut Prakan, province in the outskirt of Bangkok. It is a community of Raman People, who celebrate Songkran Festival distinctively, held 1 week later than anywhere else in Thailand. The festival filled up with lines of exotic events, highlights on Raman folksong, tradition game called “Saba” and “Loi Chai” boys and Miss Songkran contest that cannot be seen anywhere else.
Royal Ploughing Ceremony
13 May 2015
Sanam Luang (Royal Ceremonial Ground)
This ancient royal rite is a true eye feasting, held yearly to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season in May. In the ceremony, sacred oxen are hitched to a wooden plough and plough a furrow on the ground, while rice seed is sown. Brahmin priests then offer plates of food to the oxen to forecast the year’s rainfall and harvest.
Visakha Bucha Day
1 June 2015
Temples throughout Bangkok
Visakha Bucha is Buddhism’s holiest day, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. This is a great chance for you to participate in authentic Buddhist ceremonies, starting from food offering in the morning, listening to sermon from monks, to “Wien Tien” or walking around the ordinate hall with lighted candles in hand during the evening.