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Songkhla Songkran Festival

Schedule : 6-15 April 2002

Venue : Hat Yai Municipal Public Park, Amphoe Hat Yai and Thai Pavilion, Samila Beach, Amphoe Muang

Origin :
The Songkran Festival is an important festival of Songkhla Province. The objective of the festival is to promote the good culture and traditions of Thailand. The festival is an activity that has received a great amount of interest from foreign tourists, especially Malaysian and Singaporean tourists. It is certainly one major tourism promotion event for Songkhla. Each year many tourists partake in the fun and join in the celebrations, particularly in downtown Hat Yai. The festival generates substantial revenue for local tourist businesses and people involved in tourism.

Activities :
- Miss Songkran pageant and Miss Songkran procession.
- Fire fountain shows and cultural performances.
- Contests of local chickens, roosters, Krong Hua Chuk birds, zebra dove cooing, cow fighting, and bodybuilding.
- Competitions of mountain biking, tennis and beach volleyball.

Nearby Tourist Spots :
- Khu Khut Waterfowl Park (Sathing Phra)
  is one of the best places for birdwatching as there are 112 species of birds.
- Songkhla Lake (Muang)
  is the only natural lake in Thailand. It has beautiful scenery with several archipelagos at its mouth, such as Ko Yai, Ko Si, Ko Ha, Ko Yo, etc.
- Samila Cape (Muang)
  has a white beach and a row of shady pine trees. There is also the famous mermaid statue that is the provincial symbol.
- Tinsulanonda Bridge (Muang)
  spans the lake and is divided into 2 parts; the first links Amphoe Muang and Ko Yo and the second links with Amphoe Khao Khiao. The bridge is 1.8 kilometers long.

For more information, contact :
- Hat Yai Municipality.
  Tel. (074) 244777, 233277, 243050, fax (074) 235533
- Songkhla Municipality.
  Tel. (074) 311387, 311015, 311833, fax (074) 328872

Source : The Tourism Authority of Thailand
Wed, 6 March, 2002

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