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April 13 marks the start of the Thai New Year or Songkran Festival. If you’re planning to join the festivities, here are five things to remember.
1) Make Merit – Songkran is the time for giving alms and merit making. Even if you’re not Buddhist, these rituals are still a cultural experience not to be missed. 2) Use Waterproof Bags – If you’re out and about during Songkran, you are likely to be splashed. Be sure to protect your belongings by using waterproof bags.3) Be Aware Of Your Surroundings - This may sound obvious but with all the watery chaos surrounding you, it can be hard to keep track of your surroundings. Remember to be aware and take extra care of your valuables. 4) Use Public Transportation – Whether you’re at Khao San Road in Bangkok, Phuket’s Patong Beach or Beach Road in Pattaya, the traffic is bound be hectic. If you’re heading to one of the Songkran hotspots then public transport is the best way to travel. 5) Have Fun – Songkran is a celebration of the Thai New Year and a time to have fun. Enjoy the festivities and try wishing others a happy New Year or “Sawadee Pee Mai” as the locals say it. Sawasdee Pee Mai from all of us at Amari.
On Saturday 31st March 2012, at 8.30 pm, Amari Hotels and Resorts will proudly support Earth Hour by switching off non-essential lighting for one hour at all our hotels.
From Asia to Europe, Africa to the Americas, hundreds of millions of people across the world will unite to celebrate Earth Hour and we encourage you to do the same. Whether, it’s for one hour or even more, our combined efforts will help to make a difference.If you’re not sure about how you to start, here are some of our favorite tips: Fill Up Your FreezerDid you know that an empty freezer uses up more energy than a full one? Fill empty containers 2/3rds of the way and put them in your freezer. The ice will help to keep the temperature inside your freezer and use less energy.Unplug Electronic AppliancesAt 8:25pm on March 31st, prepare for Earth Hour by powering down. Unplug your appliances, big or small, and already you’ll be helping to conserve energy. Turn Your Computer OffEven when your computer is idle, it still uses energy. Cut down by turning off your device for one hour during Earth Hour. Invite Friends OverHelp spread the word by inviting your friends or family over to join your Earth Hour celebrations. Some friendly faces might make the time pass faster!Turn Off Your LightsLast but not least, turn off all the lights in your home. It may be a bit strange staying in the dark, but it’s just for one hour and besides you’re doing it for a good cause. There you have it, a list of what you can do to help our planet. Join us in the celebrations and remember- Earth is our only home, let’s do what we can, while we can.
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