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Songkran, the Thai New Year that’s also a three-day wa­ter fes­ti­val marked by wa­ter fights, falls on April 13 this year. We’d ad­vise you to hold back on any sec­ond at­tempt at diet-re­lated res­o­lu­tions be­cause these Thai restau­rants around the coun­try are mak­ing a splash with tempt­ing of­fers.

Royal Bud­dha restau­rant at Hol­i­day Inn Al Bar­sha, Dubai, has its an­nual Songkran fes­ti­val run­ning from April 1314. The cel­e­bra­tions start at 6.45pm with a wa­ter cer­e­mony, fol­lowed by a four- course set menu and a tra­di­tional Thai dance per­for­mance. Dh135 per per­son; call 04 323 4333.

Madinat Jumeirah’s Pai Thai is ring­ing in the Thai New Year with a set menu and live per­for­mance by in-house en­ter­tainer Wan­thakan, who will dance on an abra in tra­di­tional Thai at­tire. Guests will ex­pe­ri­ence a tra­di­tional Thai wel­come be­fore tuck­ing into the three-course set menu fea­tur­ing clas­sic del­i­ca­cies such as goong yang yam ma-muang (grilled prawns with sour mango salad) or gai hor bai toey (crispy mar­i­nated chicken wrapped in pan­dan leaf, with gar­lic and sweet soya sauce). From April 10-23; Dh280 per per­son. Call 04 432 3232.

Sukhothai (left) at the Le Méri­dien Dubai Ho­tel is of­fer­ing an all-you-caneat menu with two live cook­ing sta­tions. Ar­rive in tra­di­tional Thai dress, and five eat for the price of four. There will also be a lucky draw – pick a colour­ful float­ing egg from the restau­rant’s foun­tain to win dis­count vouch­ers and coupons. From April 13-15; from Dh199 per per­son.

In Abu Dhabi, Son­taya at the St Regis Saadiyat Is­land Re­sort’s Songkran Fes­ti­val from April 12-21 in­cludes a four-course din­ner and dances. Dh300 per per­son; from 6.30-10.30pm. Call 02 498 8888.

Pacha­layen at the Eastern Man­groves Ho­tel and Spa by Anan­tara has a one­day-only set menu for Songkran on April 13. Dh175 per per­son; 7pm-11pm. Call 02 656 1000.


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