Coming up events in April
Coming up events
Sawaddee! Hello everyone! Thinking of traveling around Thailand, especially Bangkok on April? Perfect! Today we would like to introduce you “What’s going on Bangkok?”
When most of the people think of Thailand in April, it will be definitely “Songkran” or water festival.
However, Songkran usually lasts for three days (13-15 April) and there are loads of interesting and significant events ; Rare, exciting and fun activities; Tasty seasonal fruit/food that you can taste the deliciousness only in April!
Let’s explore for “What’s coming up in Bangkok?” !
Festival || Everywhere in Thailand || 13-15 April 2018 || Fee: None
Having fun is a big part of Thai culture, and having fun under sun heat is no exception. The hottest month of the year, April puts whole country in water fights and street parties that last nearly 4 days. During Songkran, most office buildings, banks as well as family-run shops and restaurants shut down completely, while big shopping malls usually remain open. Bangkok experiences a mass exodus, as at least half of its residents travel back to their hometowns for family reunions. In their place are tourists, who fly into Bangkok particularly to enjoy one of the most colourful and festive times of the year. Songkran in Thailand is officially observed between the 13th and 15th of April (three days national holiday), although in reality, some places celebrate often last the entire week!
Things to see || Several places || Everyday Morning || Fee: None
Photos credit: travelforfoodhub
Floating markets are special features in Thailand’s shopping community. These boats filled with goods were significant for bartering and trading for centuries in places with large water channels. Anything from food to handmade trinkets can be purchased around these markets. The need for floating markets is not as prevalent as it was in the early periods for Thailand, but they still serve as popular tourist attractions.
The best way to make the most out of a visit to the floating markets is to book a tour. Several services offer tours that can cater to your interests in sightseeing, food sampling, and exploring the floating market. Many tours are reasonably priced and hosted by locals who are very familiar with the area and the worthwhile places to visit around the markets. These are 5 favorite floating market around Bangkok: Dam Noen Saduak, Amphawa, Taling Chan, Klong Lat Mayom and Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market. Among these 5, Dam Noen Saduak is the most famous one.
Places to go || Near Bangkok || April || Fee: None
There are several islands near Bangkok, so you don’t need to go far away from the city to make your tropical beach holiday dream come true. Most of the Thai picture-postcard islands (koh in Thai) are located in the South, but to get there, you either have to fly or spend a whole day on the road. To reach our picks of islands near Bangkok, it takes only a few hours on the road and a quick boat ride. Since they’re easily accessed by public transportation, they become popular weekend getaways for Bangkokians (which means you can easily visit them too!) So, if you don’t have that much time in Thailand but still want to enjoy white sand, turquoise water, and palm-fringed beaches then check this out!
Koh Si Chang
Si Chang is the nearest island to Bangkok and is only one hour from the famous Pattaya. Beach fans might not be very impressed with this island as there are few beaches here and the ones that exist are rather rocky
The nearest beach destination from Bangkok is Pattaya. But don’t go to Pattaya for its beaches. Visit themed parks, zoos, shopping malls in Pattaya, then hop on a ferry to clear azure water and sandy beaches on Koh Lan! This is the best island near Bangkok in terms of white-sanded beaches, pristine nature, and tourist facilities. Most of the island is covered with heavy vegetations. It has 6 main beaches, all of which have plenty of water sport activities. You can fill a day up with parasailing, jet skiing, and banana boating, or easily idly relax on a beach chair.
Another tropical paradise island near Bangkok, Koh Samet has been a popular long holiday escape for Bangkokians. There are more than 15 beaches offering different landscapes. Most of the them have powdery white sand and several are truly secluded.
Wooden jetty over the sea at Koh Samet | © Thanate Tan/Flickr
The second largest island in Thailand, Koh Chang is not as developed as Samui or Phuket even though they have similar sizes. Numerous activities will keep you occupied when you are not lying on a beach – from scuba diving to elephant trekking. One full day can be easily spent on a scooter to explore beaches and inland waterfalls reached by easy-to-walk trails
Credit: Koh Chang by Hendrik Terbeck
Nick Ut: My story
Event and exhibition || Gaysorn Plaza, Ratchaprasong || 27 Mar – 15 April || Fee: None
The original “The Napalm Girl” photo, along with some 24 other photographs by award winning Vietnamese-American photojournalist Nick Ut, is now in Bangkok for the launch of the Leica-branded gallery. Ut was an AP photographer when he captured a group of adults and children—one of whom was a naked nine-year old girl—running from a napalm bomb attack during the Vietnam War in 1972. The photo won Ut both the Pulitzer Prize and World Press Photo of the Year the following year.
Common Exercise: Issan Contemporary Reports
Event and exhibition || Bangkok Art & Cultural Center || 27 Mar – 15 April || Fee: None
An over 90-day exhibition to celebrate the significant growth in the Isaan (northeastern Thai) contemporary art and culture scene. The exhibition, presented in multi-disciplinary practices (we’re talking paintings, photos, audio and video installations), examines a vast number of cultural phenomena in the contemporary Isaan scene.
BANGKOK COMIC CON X THAILAND COMIC CON 2018
Event and exhibition || Siam Paragon Hall, 5th floor || 4-5 April || Fee: None
Get ready to Bangkok Comic Con and Thailand Comic Con 2018 – the largest pop culture event in Southeast Asia held by Hero entertainment under True Vision Group – the region’s leading provider of US Hollywood content, and Hobbie PLUS – a popular content provider from Japan. When the two of Thailand’s biggest comic event organizers join forces to host Bangkok Comic Con and Thailand Comic Con 2018, the cooperation will be like East Meets West. Visitors will see the unseen, as this is an event of the best pop culture events from Hollywood and premium pop culture events from Japan, all in one place. Fans will have a chance to meet famous Hollywood stars and renowned Japanese idols, while cartoon characters will perform on stage throughout three days. There will be a grand cosplay contest, games and competitions, and displays of collections and limited edition figures for you to enjoy watching and shopping exclusively at this event. The event will welcome families and visitors of all genders and ages. For more information please visit www.bangkokcomiccon.com or www.thailandcomiccon.com
Apart from the events, exhibition and places that you can visit. One of the UNIQUE things that you will see and TASTE the deliciousness of SEASONAL FRUIT!!!!
Thai fruits are plentiful throughout the entire year and the lychee (Litchi chinensis) season is finally here. There are various varieties of lychee and there is tremendous worldwide demand for this exotic dessert fruit and Thai lychees are one of Thailand’s leading economic crops ranking high on the list of top exports shipped to all corners of the globe in a variety of forms – fresh, dried, frozen, and canned, as well as lychee juice or wine.
Photos credit: http://www.eugenegoesthailand.com/?p=18036
Mango season is one of the best times of the year in Thailand. You’ll walk down the street, or in a market, and you’ll find mounds of all different varieties and ripeness stages of mangoes. Mango season in Thailand usually lasts from about April – July, annually. Thai Mangoes are different in the way they are unique in flavour and fragrance. The slightest, pleasant perfume is the special touch you can look forward to when enjoying the ripe version of the Thai Mango. A real treat when travelling around the city as a snack or a meal.
Photos credit: https://www.eatnmingle.com/single-post/