WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
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.