This month in Thailand is the world-famous 'Water Festival" better known as Songkran (สงกรานต์). It's a national holiday from April 13-15th and symbolizes ritual cleansing and the welcoming of the rainy season (as Songkran period is often the hottest times of the year). Thai people traditionally celebrate the Thai New Year by traveling to see their families with water fights within their home towns for days of wet fun and lots of food.
This year, my family and I beat the traffic by traveling a week before Songkran holiday. And since we already met our families in March, we visited Khanom, Khao Sok and some very special locations to pray and cleanse ourselves at Wat Ai Kai.
This special destination we visited is called "Nam Rad Forest Headwaters" in Khiri Rat Nikhom District of Suratthani Province. I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful this nature reserve is because the water was super clean and clear (perfect height for swimming), my body enjoyed the blessed minerals of the water and the preservation of this nature park was excellently done (no plastic bags or food are allowed inside the park). They were very strict and I respected that very much.
The 2nd place we visited during our 3-night, 4-day trip was "Wat Ai Kai" (Ai Kai is the name of the boy spirit believed to reside there and the boy spirit gifts it's well-wishers with their prayers).
Let me tell you, many of wishes came true!
I prayed for people to rent our properties (1 is rented out!)
I prayed to always have more than enough money monthly (coming true!)
I pray for peace, balance and good health for family (we have)
I pray for my dream project to come true and be profitable (let's see...)
I pray for my children to be safe, healthy and protected (they have been so far)
I pray for our family businesses to be profitable and to continue to grow during these tough times
We visited other places and if you wish to see more photos, please visit my FB page at Able Wanamakok to see Yotaka (a unique boutique hotel we stayed at) and my Songkran blooper video. :)
I am so grateful to see travelers boosting the economy in Phuket and other provinces, events returning to Phuket, movies being filmed here and people creating and building their lives again with confidence.
Happy Songkran and blessings always be with you! สงกรานต์ในประเทศไทย