It’s Spring, Let’s Eat Thai

Celebrate ‘Songkran’ Thai New Year with
Thai Restaurant Week
8-16 April 2023 across D.C., Virginia, Maryland (DMV)

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 It’s Spring, Let’s EAT THAI 

It is time to enjoy the beautiful spring season and to celebrate the Thai New Year ‘Songkran’ with the annual Thai Restaurant Week. It is the 3rd year that the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C. organizes  “Thai Restaurant Week” with goals to promote Thai food and cultures in the U.S., as well as support local Thai restaurants in D.C., Virginia and Maryland (DMV) during our national auspicious occasion. We hope for the event to continue on an annual basis and there are more Thai restaurants across the U.S. participating, so we could expand this activity nationwide and be able to invite all to witness how vibrant and fun our festivals are. Thai Food lovers and everyone else who would like to try new cuisines of the world should visit your local Thai restaurants and experience it for yourself. If you happen to have Thai food during 8-16 April 2023, do snap some photos and share with us to win some prizes.


Lists of participating restaurants in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Featuring special lunch and Dinner menu at Participating Thai Restaurants in DC metro area, click restaurant’s name to visit website.  

Washington, D.C.

Absolute Noodle 5th NW | FB . IG 
Absolute Thai, G St NW | FB
Asia Nine Bar and Lounge, E St NW | FB . IG 
Baan Siam, I (eye St.) NW | FB. IG
Charm Thai, L St NW
DC Noodles, U St, NW | FB . IG 
Pantry Thai Bistro & Sushi, Georgia Ave NW | FB . IG 
Regent Thai Cuisine, 18th St NW | FB
Rice Restaurant, 14th St NW | FB . IG 
Rice Market, 14th St NW | FB . IG 
Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar, H St NW | FB . IG 
Thai Pad, Connecticut Ave | FB . IG 


Asia Nine, Gaithersburg | FB. IG 
Bangkok Garden, Rockville | FB . IG
Dok Khao Thai Eatery, Columbia | FB . IG 
Farmsook Thai Kitchen, Rockville | FB . IG
Kin Da, Takoma | FB . IG
Lamoon Thai Restaurant, Silver Spring | FB . IG
M Thai Kitchen, Edgewater | FB 
Mali Thai, Glen Burnie | FB . IG
Mayuree Thai Tavern, Baltimore | FB . IG
Sala Thai, Bethesda | FB 
Sisters Thai, Potomac | FB . IG
Sumittra, Frederick | FB . IG
Tara Thai, Rockville | FB 
Thai Meric Eatery and Bar, Frederick | FB . IG
Thai Street, Baltimore | FB . IG
The Thai Cuisine Restaurant, Rockville | FB . IG
The Thai Cuisine Restaurant, Olney 


At Thai Restaurant, Harrisonburg | FB . IG
Bangkok 54, Arlington | FB . IG
Bangkok 54 Oriental Market, Arlington | FB . IG
Busaba Thai, Fairfax | FB . IG
Chao Phra Ya, Herndon | FB . IG
Coconut Thai Kitchen, Crozet | FB . IG
Dok Khao Thai Eatery, Woodbridge | FB . IG 
Esaan, McLean | FB . IG
Kindi Thai Chicken Rice, Chantilly | FB . IG
Monsoon Siam, Charlottesville | FB . IG
Mum Mum Restaurant, Manassas | FB . IG
MyHome Thai Bistro, Reston | FB . IG
Nan Thai, Herndon | FB . IG
Neisha Thai Cuisine, Vienna | FB . IG
Pineapples Thai Kitchen, Charlottesville FB . IG
Sense of Thai St., AshburnFB . IG
Silk Thai Restaurant, CharlottesvilleFB 
Sisters Thai, AlexandriaFB . IG 
Sisters Thai, Fairfax  FB . IG 
Sister Thai, MagnoliaFB . IG
Sisters Thai, MosaicFB . IG 
Shrimp Lover, SterlingFB . IG
Supreme Thai Bistro, ChantillyFB . IG 
Tiki Thai, RestonFB . IG
T.H.A.I. in Shirlington, ArlingtonFB . IG 
Thai Curry Restaurant, ArlingtonFB . IG 
Thai Ghang Waan, SpringfieldFB . IG
The Patio Thai, RichmondFB . IG 
Thai Select, ArlingtonFB 
Thai Signature, AlexandriaFB . IG |
Thai Square, ArlingtonFB . IG
Thai Treasure, ViennaFB . IG 

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What is Songkran? 

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival since the former time. The word “Songkran” itself means to move or step forward. The Songkran Festival falls on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of April every year.

Maha Songkran” or the 13th of April marks the end of the past year according to the Brahmin solar system. It is also called the Day of the Elderly by the Thai government in appreciation for the senior population for their years of contribution to their families and the country. “Wan Nao” or the 14th of April, the day after, is designed to be the Family Day to celebrate love and togetherness of the family. “Wan Thaloeng Sok” or the 15th of April is when the actual New Year begins.

Songkran portrays a celebration that embraces goodwill, love, and thankfulness, while water is regarded as a means of compassion. Songkran Festival is usually declared as an extended public-holiday period to enable Thais to return to their hometowns for family reunion and merit-making.

The important of Songkran Festival

Songkran is regarded as one of the most important traditions in Thailand because it encompasses the three major values in the Thai ways of life, which are:

photo courtesy: National News Bureau of Thailand (featured: Phitsanulok province)

Value of family: Songkran is the time when family members get together to display appreciation, love and respect. Value of society: Through active participation and interaction with one another, Songkran brings together the people within and across the communities to enhance goodwill and unity in the society. Value of religion: Making merit by offering food, drinks and consumer products to monks and attending Buddhist sermons at Buddhist temples is the most popular and auspicious activity performed during Songkran.

How to celebrate Songkran

To celebrate Songkran, there are many activities throughout Thailand which vary  according to regional traditions. Some of the activities include:

Cleaning houses and public places like temples, schools, and offices to welcome the New Year with cleanliness and fresh start. Merit making by offering alms to Buddhist monks in dedication to the late ancestors and attending to Buddhist preaching at the temples. Sprinkling water onto Buddha statues is an auspicious act to receive blessings for the New Year. Pouring water onto the palms of elderly members of the family to show respect and gratefulness, alongside asking for their blessings. Throwing water at each other in a friendly manner by using clean or scented water, and exchanging New Year’s greetings during traditional festivities.


THAILAND SONGKRAN | EPIC WATER FIGHT by Cameron Phillips For more video visit


The event is organized by Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C., Office of Commercial Affairs, Office of Agricultural Affairs and Tourism Authority of Thailand, New York

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Gang Kiew Wan Gai (Green Curry with Chicken)

Kuaytiaw Reua (Thai Boat Noodle Soup)

Ripe sweet mango with sticky rice, Traditional Thai dessert