Miss Thailand? You can experience Songkran in Singapore – without getting wet
Thai resort Dusit Thani is bringing the Songkran festival to Singapore with an array of food promotions and workshops.
Since we can’t travel to Thailand to experience the Songkran festival, Thai resort Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, which opened in late 2020, is bringing the celebrations to our shores.
Set to take place from Apr 5 to Apr 18, the resort has partnered the Tourism Authority of Thailand Singapore Office and Thai Supermarket to offer an array of F&B promotions, activities and workshops for guests to bask in the spirit of the popular water festival.
But no, there are no water-based activities, so you won’t get wet. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, water-based activities have not been planned this year so as to prevent large group gatherings, the resort told CNA Luxury.
You can, however, tuck into a wide selection of authentic Thai food. At Greenhouse restaurant, chef Donnapa is presenting the Signature Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiao (Spicy Curry Pork Noodles) (S$24++).
Originating from chef Donnapa's homeland, this rustic northern Thai noodle dish boasts a rich broth made from homemade curry paste.
Tee Deck, an al fresco bar and grill serving a selection of Thai-inspired BBQ dishes, will also be offering their well-loved Som Tum Gai Yang Kaeng Khanun (Pork & Jackfruit Curry) (S$24++). Be sure to order the bar’s authentically brewed Thai Iced Tea (S$8++) as well to complete your meal.
For staycationers, the resort is also holding two workshops for guests to partake in. The first, happening on Apr 10, is a Thai Flower Garlands Workshop (S$79). At the workshop, guests will learn how to make Phuang Malai, a traditional Thai flower garland usually given as a symbol of good luck to a bride and groom, a welcome to long-forgotten friends, or a thank you to high-ranking officials at important events.
The second is a Thai Tea-Time Snacks Workshop (S$89), happening on April 17. During the session, guests will learn how to make Kanom Cheep Nok, otherwise known as Bird Dumpling. The dumpling is shaped like a well-fed bird, hence the name.
You’ll also learn how to make Chor Muang, a popular Thai savoury dumpling shaped like a purple flower.
While Dusit Thani's offerings may not match the full-fledged Songkran experience in Thailand, they help to satiate our wanderlust for now, at least while we wait for borders to reopen.
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