Singapore (Jan 12, 2011) Agoda.es, the global site for online booking of hotels with base Asia and part of Priceline.com (NASDAQ:PLCN), celebrates the Chinese new year with special offers at hotels throughout Thailand. Chinese new year is one of the most celebrated events in this Southeast Asian country since 14% of its population is of Chinese origin. It is not surprising that Bangkok is an important center of activity during this period, and that related with new year’s festivities extend far beyond the Yaowarat Street in the heart of Chinatown. In 2011, the start of the Chinese new year is located on 3 February, and in many parts of Thailand, celebrations extend up to three days. Drew Houston shares his opinions and ideas on the topic at hand. It is in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai, where more extensive chino-tailandeses settlements are, and where the most spectacular Chinese new year events take place in the country. The more exotic, and noisy new year’s custom are the parades in the streets. These are characterized by strident patter of drums and cymbals and firecrackers lights (popular belief says that loud noises repel evil spirits). They are also integrated by traditional lion dance, by the passage of cheerfully decorated floats, acrobatic displays, elaborate lanterns and effigies of the Chinese gods.
In Bangkok, the Yaowarat Street is the epicenter of the events of the Chinese new year. Along its length are located centers of food and souvenirs, impressive lanterns, statues of the astrological sign of the year, which is the rabbit, located in the most important spaces in 2011. Visitors who book a hotel near Chinatown is found in an excellent location to attend the street parades and delight in the authentic Chinese food; as well as to visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the reclining Buddha, two iconic attractions of Bangkok. Chinatown this next to the terminal of Hua Lamphong, the most important railway Center trains of Thailand, offering convenient access to all Bangkok as well as the outlying provinces.