Falling during the hottest month of the year, Thailand’s Songkran Festival is synonymous with getting wet. The three-day festival runs from April 13 to 15, celebrating the Thai New Year.
The first day is dedicated to cleaning your house, and the second is all about spending time with family over a Thai feast. On, the third day after making merit by offering food to monks, locals and visitors alike take to the streets for a massive water fight, traditionally an act of cleansing and inviting good luck for the year ahead.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Thailand during Songkran Festival, be sure to seek out the top 10 dishes you must eat in Thailand. Otherwise, why not try to recreate these authentic Thai recipes at home.
Thailand’s most popular curry is also a must-try. Sample green curry beef or green curry chicken for an authentic experience.
Another Thai curry that should be on your radar is roasted duck curry, a rich, indulgent dish with tender duck and sweet pineapple.
Listen out for the sound of the mortar and pestles pounding this refreshing green papaya salad on nearly every street corner. Warning, locals like it seriously spicy, so say “mai pet” if you’d like it milder.
Flavoured with lime, lemongrass and chilli, this spicy tom yum prawn soup makes the perfect starter to a Thai dinner.
Known as ‘pad krapow’, this fiery chicken and basil stir-fry is studded with fresh chillies and the aniseed hit of Thai basil.
Eaten as a snack or a satisfying meal in itself, Thai fried rice, or khao pat, is often served with sliced cucumber and tomato and a fried egg.
In the country’s northeast, around Korat and Khon Kaen, be sure to sample the signature gai yang (country-style barbecued chicken), served with sticky rice and som tum salad.
These springy little fish cakes are flavoured with red curry paste and kaffir lime leaves. This street-food snack is perfect for eating on the run.
Beat the heat with this delicious coconut ice cream, available from vendors roaming the streets.
Before you take to the streets, read about the water pouring customs of Songkran.
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