Songkran set to be a special festival on the Pearl of Andaman


PHUKET, April 4 – The month of April will be extremely lively on the Andaman Sea coastal island of Phuket as Thais and foreign holidaymakers alike will celebrate Thai traditional new year. 

With several holidays starting from April 6-8 and the long Songkran holiday from the Apth 12-16, many families are planning trips for this special festive season. As Thai schools are still on long holiday, hotel occupancy rates are up to 75-80 per cent, while during the Songkran holidays, occupancy rates could increase even further.

To vamp things up, the island of Phuket is also organising a “Water Festival On the Beach” event, April 12-13, and a Bike Week where up to 5,000 bikers will join  April 14-21, according to Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s office in Phuket  Charnchai Duangjitt

It is estimated that up to Bt600-700 million will be circulated on the island alone, during this special month of the Thai calendar, he said.