Songkran is Thailand's favourite festival and you can join in without leaving Dubai
Celebrate the Thai New Year at Madinat Jumeirah
If you thought you’d seen the last of the New Year celebrations, think again. Because Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year festival, will commence on Friday, April 13 (the actual Thai New Year’s Day) and Sunday, April 15. April is Thailand’s hottest month and the festivities are mainly centred around water, with kingdom-wide water fights having become an intrinsic part of celebratory proceedings.
And if you’d like to join in with the celebrations without having to leave the UAE, you could do worse than head in the direction of Pai Thai in Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah. The award-winning dining destination is putting on a special three-course sharing menu that includes authentic Thai classics and special dishes created exclusively for the festival, which will be priced at Dh280 per person.
Pai Thai is promising an authentic Songkran experience for visitors, with “lemongrass-scented fountains, stunning lights and relaxing music”, although so far there’s been no mention made of any water fights. The special menu features classic Thai starters, mains and desserts. The menu, put together by chef Aphichat, includes: Chor Muang (purple-flower chicken dumplings with fried onions, peanuts and sweet chilli sauce); Kana Nuea Nam Man Hoy (wok-fried beef, Thai broccoli, garlic and mushroom in oyster sauce); Pla Fu Yam Ma-Muang (crispy minced fish, sour mango salad, coriander, cashew nuts and lime sauce); Chu Chee Goong (crispy prawns, creamy red curry, ripe mangoes and kaffir lime leaves); and Thung Tong Sai Poo (crispy crab and prawns money bag with water chestnut, coriander and sweet chilli sauce).
Vegetarian diners are catered for, too, with Tao Hoo Phad Meda Ma Muang (wok-fried tofu, onion, capsicum, chilli, cashews and soya sauce); and Phad Nor Mai Fa Rang (wok-friend asparagus cooked with mushrooms, garlic, chilli and oyster sauce), plus dessert for all: Tim Krob (crispy water chestnut, sugar syrup, coconut milk and crushed ice).
Entertainment will be provided by Pai Thai’s own Wanthakan, who will put on dance shows aboard the venue’s special abra. The Songkran 2018 menu will be available between April 10 and April 23 – for reservations call 04 432 3232.