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Dos and Don’ts for Songkran!

Songkran is popular for being a water splashing festival throughout the country during the hottest time of the year. However, for those who are not as clued up on Thai history, Songkran is actually a celebration of Thai New Year during mid-April from 13th to 15th. Traditionally, Thai families would visit relatives to receive blessings and ask for forgiveness from their seniors. In the modern day, Songkran has become a big water festival in the streets so here are a couple of Dos and Don’ts for Songkran:

Songkran in Thailand
Songkran in Thailand

Do

  1. Put your mobile phone and wallet in a zip-lock bag to prevent them from getting wet. Nothing more frustrating than having expensive electronics destroyed midst-water war.
  2. Wear a swimsuit underneath your clothing to prevent indecent transparency. Thai culture is still pretty conservative and see through white shirts with provocative underwear underneath wouldn’t look good in the locals’ eyes.
  3. Leave your valuables at home or in your hotel safe. You might need to have some extra cash on you and your phone to contact your friends, but only bring the real essentials kept in a zip lock bag.
  4. If you don’t plan to join the water festival that day, it’s probably best to avoid walking on roads as that’s where the party will be.
  5. Take care of yourself. Even though Songkran isn’t the time to be dolled up in your most beautiful dress, you should still apply sunscreen to avoid nasty burns and keep yourself hydrated as it will be the hottest time of the year.

Don’t

  1. Use banned equipment. Previously, there have been rather hazardous equipment used to shoot water and aim from far distances that have caused accidents in the past. Stick to the legal tools such as small water buckets and light water guns.
  2. Powder strangers. Unless it’s a light tap on the cheek, we recommend that you avoid powdering a stranger’s body as it has recently been banned to avoid indecent touching.
  3. Get too rowdy in the festival. While a drink or two might make the experience fun, it’s best not to get too tipsy to prevent aggressive splashing that can be harmful.
  4. Wear dressy shoes when walking down the street. As the floors are going to be wet, you should instead opt for sandals or flip-flops with a firm grip to the ground rather than dressy shoes that can make you slip and fall.
  5. For the ladies, we advise you not to wear too much makeup. Keep things minimal and waterproof unless you want to parade the streets looking like a raccoon.

Here are just a few tips that might seem obvious to locals or experienced Songkran travellers. These points may be clear but often ignored, especially by first-time travellers who have never experienced the full length of Songkran. Keeping this in mind, Songkran remains to be a one-of-a-kind tradition that will spice up your holiday and leave you with unforgettable memories! If you wish to book this experience now, click here to see our current hotel promotions!

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Nikki Beach Resort Koh Samui to Celebrate it’s 6th Anniversary on March 20th, 2015

The Hotel & Beach Club to hold the Global Luxury Lifestyle & Hospitality Brand’s Famous White Party

(KOH SAMUI, THAILAND) February 4th, 2015 – Nikki Beach Resort Koh Samui, which first opened its doors in 2009, will hold its 6th Anniversary White Party on Friday, March 20th. Beginning at 9:00 PM, the world’s VIPs and jet-set will flock to the island to enjoy an abundance of extravagant and worldclass entertainment. Guests will be treated to exclusive performances and other musical acts, including Nikki Beach dancers, acrobats and musicians – plus a few finale surprises. Dressed from head-to-toe in white to mark the occasion, guests will be able to party at the beautiful property located on the breathtaking shores of Lipa Noi Beach until dawn to the best music from Nikki Beach’s hottest resident DJs.

Partygoers may choose from a range of options and price points when making reservations: General Admission from 500THB per person and table and bed options which include VIP entry for up to 8 persons (any additional guests may be accommodated with prior organization): Bottle Service Dining Tables (Includes 1 Nikki Beach Signature Hors D’oeuvres Platter), Bottle Service Beds around the Pool and on the Beach Area and Ultra VIP Bottle Service Tables. All Bottle Service options provide personalized waiter service and a tailored menu of delectable dishes, which may be served to the table upon demand.

Please note, the minimum age requirement is 16 years – guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parents or guardian. Prior reservations are compulsory.

Tickets may be purchased online at: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sixth-annual-white-party-march-20th-2015-tickets-15433885166?aff=es2&rank=5

6th Anniversary White Party at the Nikki Beach Resort Samui on March 20, 2015
6th Anniversary White Party at the Nikki Beach Resort Samui on March 20, 2015

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Chinese New Year in Bangkok 2015!

Life never stops giving us a reason to celebrate, especially when living in such a multi-cultural world! Just last weekend, Bangkok city enjoyed Valentine’s Day and right after the period of romance, we enter into Chinese New Year! So to celebrate this occasion, some of our hotels have organised dining promotions to welcome the Year of the Goat!

Dim Sum is a style of Southern Chinese – Cantonese or Hokkien – food that is prepared as bite-sized pieces in small steamer baskets or small plates. The actual Dim Sum itself is wrapped in see-through rice flour or wheat starch sheets and within this wrap can be many things ranging from beef, chicken, pork, prawns, to vegetables.

11th Avenue Café at Grand Swiss

The 11th Avenue Café of the Grand Swiss Hotel Bangkok also has a special offer under this theme but rather than being a buffet, you can enjoy Dim Sum and refillable hot tea as a set lunch.

dim sum set lunch
The Dim Sum Set Lunch served at the 11th Avenue Café of the Grand Swiss Hotel Bangkok.

The atmosphere here is a little different to the Bodega Restaurant as it is entirely indoor dining in a uniquely designed restaurant decorated with artwork from the North of Thailand. A set is also at a slightly lower price of THB 199 net per person that you can enjoy within the span of 11.30 am – 3 pm.

Price: THB 199 net / person
Location: 7th Floor, Grand Swiss Hotel Bangkok
Directions: BTS Nana, Exit 3, Sukhumvit Soi 11
Telephone: 02 253 2000 ext 8022

Here are just a couple of happenings at our hotels during Chinese New Year, for more updates on our dining promotions and events, feel free to follow us at Compass Hospitality to frequently receive inside scoops on our offers.

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