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Top 10 Dishes to Try in Thailand During Songkran Festival

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.

Pad Thai

No trip to Thailand is complete without tasting its signature noodle dish, Pad Thai, packed with juicy prawns, a tangy tamarind sauce and crunchy bean sprouts.

Prawn Pad Thai recipe

Green Curry

Thailand’s most popular curry is also a must-try. Sample green curry beef or green curry chicken for an authentic experience.

Green curry beef

Roasted duck curry

Another Thai curry that should be on your radar is roasted duck curry, a rich, indulgent dish with tender duck and sweet pineapple.

roasted duck curry

Som tum

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.

raw papaya salad

Tom yum goong

Flavoured with lime, lemongrass and chilli, this spicy tom yum prawn soup makes the perfect starter to a Thai dinner.

Tom Yum Soup with Prawns Recipe

Spicy chicken and basil stir-fry

Known as ‘pad krapow’, this fiery chicken and basil stir-fry is studded with fresh chillies and the aniseed hit of Thai basil.

Spicy Stir-Fry Basil with Chicken and Green Beans

Fried rice

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.

Thai Fried Rice

Barbecued chicken

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.

Country Style Barbecue Chicken

Fish cakes

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.

Thai Fish Cake with Blanc

Coconut ice cream

Beat the heat with this delicious coconut ice cream, available from vendors roaming the streets.

Thai cococnut ice cream recipe

Before you take to the streets, read about the water pouring customs of Songkran.

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