There are lots of advantages to travelling to Thailand out of peak season, hotels generally reduce their room rates around March and it’s not as crowded which means you can sightsee the off-beaten tracks and popular places without groups of tourists and long queues.
It’s also an ideal time for scuba enthusiasts with many of the top diving spots on the west coast. The Andaman Sea is swarming with colourful coral and tropical marine life set around spectacular tropical islands, and it’s not uncommon to see whale sharks, leopard sharks and manta rays.
Although the Easter holiday isn’t traditionally celebrated in Asia, it’s predominately a Buddhist country, the Easter Bunny does pop in to say hello with many of the larger resorts, particularly in Bangkok and the popular tourist islands, organizing special events for the occasion.
Sunday brunch is a real event in Thailand with an excuse to feast like the gods at a five-star resort. Easter Sunday is even more spectacular, along with the excellent fare you can also expect all kinds of fun-filled family activities and games aimed at keeping the kids entertained, including Easter egg hunts and batik egg painting. Mums and dads can sit back and appreciate the warm weather and fabulous cuisine on offer whilst enjoying the live music, DJ’s, or even an amazing display from some seriously talented fire-spinners.
This year Easter falls on April 12th, which means it coincides with the high-spirited Songkran Festival in Thailand on the 13th. Songkran is a big, boisterous kingdom-wide water fight to celebrate the Thai New Year – so if you visit in April you get twice the amount of fun!
Songkran is the biggest holiday of the year and celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, although it’s an event steeped in tradition and meaning for Thai Buddhists, it’s the only day of the year when Thais close up shop and return home to spend time with family, these days the focus is on having fun!