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Official: Songkran 2019 Now a 5-Day Weekend

Official: Songkran 2019 Now a 5-Day Weekend

The Thai Cabinet on February 12, 2019, announced a five-day Songkran festival holiday.

With this announcement, Songkran 2019 will officially be from April 12 to April 16, 2019.

Songkran 2019 a 5-Day Weekend
Songkran 2019 is now a 5-day holiday. Photo credit to http://www.nationmultimedia.com

It is a 2-day extension from the regular April 13 to 15.

Traffic congestion is expected to happen as Thais will be going travelling back home to visit their families, so for those who have planned to celebrate Songkran 2019 in Thailand, please be prepared.

Read: 5 Tips for Tourists Going to Thailand for Songkran

If you plan to take a train to Thailand to celebrate Songkran 2019, read Train 46 Padang Besar to Bangkok and No More Butterworth-Bangkok International Express 36; Now Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46.

Songkran 2019 a 5-Day Weekend
Photo credit to http://www.nationmultimedia.com

If you will be in Hatyai during Songkran, you may be interested in this Songkhla to-do list.

The Alcohol Control Committee (ACC) is mulling a ban on alcohol sales on April 13. If the resolution is approved, that would mean people who would like to indulge in alcohol on the Thai New Year will probably need to buy it earlier.

As of April 6, 2019, it seems the authority is still undecided whether to proceed with the ban of booze.

However, one thing that is ban during Songkran 2019, is foam parties, which in the past had reportedly caused several deaths and injuries by electrocution.

On top of that, one of the biggest annual Songkran parties at Bangkok’s famed Khaosan Road has also been cancelled to pave way for the Thai King’s coronation, which will be held from May 4 to 6, 2019.

Read: 5 Thai Laws You Need to Know Before Travelling to Thailand


No.1 Hatyai Must-Eat: Thai-Chinese Old-School Boat Noodles

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือเฉินหลง ใกล้ห้างLee Gardens 成龙面条 No. 1 Hatyai Must-Eat Cheng Long Boat Noodles

Well, this isn’t another post out there worshiping a checklist of to-eat’s in Hatyai, Thailand. I don’t normally post about food in my blog, but there is this ONE eatery in Hatyai I just have to recommend to everyone, and it’s not without reasons.

Firstly, this Thai-Chinese old-school boat noodles restaurant is run by my very own good friend, Pom, who always serves me with not one, but two special bowls of beef or pork noodles in generous portions whenever I go visit him.

But to recommend something which I don’t genuinely feel is good isn’t my style, and I don’t do this just because the eatery is run by my friend.

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือเฉินหลง ใกล้ห้างLee Gardens 成龙面条 No. 1 Hatyai Must-Eat Cheng Long Boat Noodles

All I can guarantee is the fact that this decade-old restaurant, famously known as Chen Loong Boat Noodles (成龙面条 ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือเฉินหลง ใกล้ห้าง Lee Gardens), is probably the best and the most popular one you will ever find in this Southernmost city of Thailand neighboring Malaysia’s Kedah and Perlis.

Read: Confusion Explained: 10K Baht in Cash Needed for Malaysians to Enter Thailand

Named after world-famous Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan, Chen Loong Boat Noodles is situated right in the city center of Hatyai, only less 3 minutes’ walk from the famous Lee Gardens Plaza usually thronged by Malaysian tourists.

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