Luxury boutique resort, The Sarojin, Khao Lak has created an array of wonderful guest experiences in celebration of Songkran, Thailand’s ancient water festival which marks the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April each year. Guests staying at The Sarojin will be able to see the main event being celebrated over the course of the first day – offering a full day frenzy of religious blessings, fun-filled water fights and a carnival atmosphere with dancers, drums and colourful processions.
The new ‘Songkran at The Sarojin’ experiences commence on 13 April with a number of authentic and wonderfully watery experiences, including the chance to discover the magnificent waterways of southern Thailand – spending the morning roaring through the backwaters of the 135-mile Takuapa river system onboard a traditional pleat boat.
With bubbly in hand, guests can compare manoeuvres with the fisherman in Khao Lak as they explore this area of outstanding natural beauty, lovingly nicknamed ‘Little Amazon’ by the locals.
The tour will then progress to a local Thai temple to receive a special Songkran blessing from Buddhist monks before joining the locals in jovial water fights on the historic streets of Takaua Old Town, the historical capital town of Pha Nga province, with an opportunity to get a glimpse of local life and taste some of the delicious street food delicacies for which Thailand is famous.
After their cultural tour of Takuapa, all guests of The Sarojin are invited to join in the Songkran celebrations on the hotel’s 11km stretch of secluded white sand beach and arm themselves with buckets, spray guns and water balloons in a bid to get everyone as wet possible, as part of a spirited public spring cleaning to wash away bad luck as they bring in the New Year.
The festival celebration will conclude with a lively Songkran Carnival held on The Sarojin beach, offering a special evening of dining, dancing and traditional live music with spectacular long drum processions. The day will draw to a close with a stunning lantern releasing ceremony involving the hotel staff and discerning guests – a very special way to mark the first day of Songkran and plenty of reason for holidaymakers to splash out on a luxury trip to The Sarojin this April.
The second day of Songkran (14 April) starts with an intimate experience with one of Thailand’s most sacred mammals, the elephant. Under the close watch of the expert guides guests will cruise on elephant back through the shadowing jungles that camouflage the luxury resort before swimming alongside the magnificent creature in a tranquil nearby river. After a quick wash, courtesy of the elephant, couples will climb on the back of their new acquaintance as they witness the oldest and most stunning evergreen forest in the world during a trek across Khao Sok National Park.
As they see the breathtaking limestone mountains leave their peripherals, guests will travel to Takuapa Old Town, located in the Phang Nga province. They will enjoy a truly cultural experience of one of Thailand’s rural town’s as they partake in a friendly water fight with local children to celebrate the Songkran tradition. Before sitting down to sample some of the delicious local delicacies, couples will take a walk to a serene Pagoda Temple to offer alms to the inhabiting monks in return for a spiritual blessing.
Rates for Songkran at The Sarojin commence from THB12,870 (approximately AUD505) per couple per night in a Garden Residence including all-day a la carte breakfast and sparkling wine plus taxes.