Happy Thai New Year! Today marks the start of Songkran, Thailand’s most vibrant and significant celebration, between April 13 and 15. Songkran is an opportunity for Thais to connect with their cultural heritage, enjoy Thai food, and celebrate the start of a new year with their loved ones.
During this time, water is a significant element, symbolizing the washing away of the old year and welcoming the new one. Thai people splash water on each other to show respect, seek blessings, and have fun, often using water guns, buckets, and hoses.
Aside from the water activities, Songkran is a time for family reunions, religious ceremonies, and feasting on traditional dishes like Pad Thai and Tom Yum Goong. Although April is the hottest time of the year in Thailand, it is also the most spectacular time to enjoy the festival and immerse oneself in Thai culture. Colorful processions and cultural performances are also a part of Songkran, with people dressing up in traditional Thai costumes, carrying ornate umbrellas and sand pagodas, and performing traditional dances and music.
While Songkran is usually celebrated in Thailand, you can still experience the festivities and savor authentic Thai cuisine at Thai SELECT restaurants in Hungary, Croatia, and Romania. These restaurants offer a wide selection of Thai dishes that will surely delight your taste buds.
Thai SELECT is a seal of quality granted by the Royal Thai Government to Thai restaurants around the world that serve authentic Thai cuisine made from high-quality ingredients. The aim of Thai SELECT is to promote Thai food and culture globally while also ensuring that customers have an authentic experience. Thai SELECT restaurants must meet strict criteria and are regularly inspected to ensure they maintain the highest standards of food quality, hygiene, and service.
In Budapest, Hungary, you can visit Bangkok Thai Restaurant, Greenthai restaurants (both on the Buda side and Pest side), and Tom Yum Thai Restaurant. These restaurants are known for their delicious and authentic Thai cuisine that will transport you to Thailand. You can try classic Thai dishes like Tom Yum soup, red curry, stir-fried holy basil (Pad Krapow), and many more.
If you’re in Zagreb, Croatia, you must visit Saralee’s Thai Street Food. This restaurant offers a unique dining experience that will take you on a culinary journey to Thailand. You can try their signature dishes like papaya salad (Som Tum), Pad Thai, and roti banana and pair them with a refreshing Thai drink like homemade Thai lemon tea or Thai milk tea.
For those in Bucharest, Romania, our newest Thai SELECT restaurant, ISAN Thai Kitchen at MercatoKultur is the place to be. This restaurant offers an extensive menu of authentic Thai dishes that are made using only the freshest ingredients. From Thai street food to classic Thai dishes, you will surely find something that will satisfy your cravings. We can recommend some famous dishes from ISAN Thai Kitchen: lime-flavored chicken meatballs, glass noodles with seafood salad, and mango sticky rice.
As the Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy in Budapest, we are dedicated to promoting Thai trade activities and strengthening trade relations with our accredited countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans. Through our efforts, we aim to showcase the richness of Thai culture and traditions, including our vibrant food culture, which is an integral part of our identity.
As we celebrate Songkran and the Thai New Year this week, we invite you to join us at Thai SELECT restaurants in Hungary, Croatia, or Romania to experience the warm hospitality of Thai people and immerse yourself in our authentic cuisine. Let’s make this New Year a memorable one, filled with delicious food, good company, and happy memories. Happy Songkran Festival and Happy Thai New Year!