There are many Festivals and Celebrations throughout the North of Thailand, of which there are three main National Festivals; The Srawberry Festival at Samoeng, Songkran and Loi Kranthong.
The Strawberry Festival
Held every February, the Samoeng District and Strawberries have become something inseparable, especially for Thai people. Samoeng is the largest strawberry producer in the whole of Thailand and is a very popular destination for everyone from all corners of Thailand and indeed overseas to come and experience the romance of the mountains and the cool air of the so named cold season. It is a particularly popular destination for lovers from all around to come to the festival to watch or even take part in the special Strawberry Group Marriage Ceremony!
Songkran is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year. It is also a Buddhist day. At Doi Nok Strawberry Resort it also offers something extra special with Rocket Day. Unique to our village at New Year, there is a competition that involves the launching of rockets of about 8m long made from bamboo.
The most famous aspect of the Songkran celebrations is undoubtedly the throwing of water. This practice arises from the custom of the cleansing and pouring of water mixed with Thai fragrance on Buddha images and is seen as a way of paying respect and of bringing good fortune.
Loi Krathong is a festival that is celebrated throughout Thailand to honour Buddha. However in northern Thailand it coincides with the Lanna festival of Yi Peng or Yee Peng (the local name). The Loi Krathong act of placing floating lanterns in the river is usually celebrated the day after the famous Lanna festival of Yi Peng; the Sky Lantern Release. Both the sky lantern release and the floating lanterns are performed to show respect to Buddha.
For the full Yee Ping and Loi Kranthong experience, head up to Doi Nok Strawberry Resort, and stay in luxury accommodation throughout the festivities!