How to Celebrate Songkran Festival 2021 in Singapore
In a pre-pandemic world, we would have been planning our trip to Thailand to take part in its annual Songkran Festival from April 12 to 15. While we can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to the continued push of inoculating citizens across the world, we'll just have to stay put in Singapore a bit longer until we're allowed to travel again.
We may be spending another month on our tiny island, but some restaurants and hotels have made sure that we'll still get to celebrate the water festival through a ton of fun activities, events and food promotions.
Foodie Staycation at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
Food is an important part of your sojourn to Thailand, which is why the wellness resort complements its staycation with fun workshops and a mouth-watering fare of Thai delicacies. Head to the all-day dining restaurant Greenhouse and tuck into chef Donnapa authentic Thai fare, including his signature khanom jeen nam ngiao (spicy curry pork noodles cooked with a rich homemade curry paste). Alternatively, you can dine at al fresco bar & grill Tee Deck for its extensive selection of Thai-inspired barbecue dishes as well as som tum gai yang kaeng khanun (pork & jackfruit curry).
For an additional fee, you’ll also be able to participate in the Thai tea-time workshop and learn the basics of making these traditional snacks: bird dumpling (kanom cheep nok) and purple blossom (chor nuang). Book here.
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Sumptuous Thai Meal at Blue Jasmine
The culinary team joins in the Songkran fun—not by drenching you with water, of course, but by coming up with a delectable Songkran Festival à la carte buffet dinner on April 9 and 10, and 16 and 17.
Start with the tam mua, a zesty starter of Thai green papaya, seafood, fresh vegetables and crispy chicken skin, which whets the palate for more flavoursome dishes to come. These include the steamed seabass bathed in an umami lime and seafood sauce; stir-fried squid swimming in a fiery chilli pesto; and a creamy rich ‘curry noodle’ served in a curry gravy that’s slow-cooked with herbs and spices. Book here.
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Water Festival at Wild, Wild Wet
The Songkran Festival won’t really be complete without the tradition of splashing each other with water, which is believed to cleanse you of bad luck. We could all use that right now, and that’s why the theme park has been transformed into a Thai-themed attraction for the whole month with a massive water fight arena.
Make it a family affair and bring your most powerful water guns and partake in this fun tradition, taking place at the designated battlefield from 3pm to 5pm daily. To make it even more fun, you will also receive Ola Beach Club dining vouchers, which you can use to recharge with Thai delicacies. Click here for more information.
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