This year Chinese New Year is on February 05 and is the Year of the Pig and while not a public holiday in Thailand it is widely celebrated.

If you visit Koh Samui and stay in a Luxury Villa Samui you will see evidence in the lively parades, parties and dragon dancing around the islands temples and beaches and thanks to the normally fine weather it is a perfect time to visit Koh Samui.

During this period, the island is adorned with red and gold, emblematic colours of China (Red refers to the “red sun”, source of life, vitality, happiness, heat.) It is the color of the prayers, celebrations and respect. Yellow represents glory, wisdom, harmony, happiness, culture).

14% of the population in Thailand is of Chinese origin and the Chinese new year is synonymous with family reunion and celebration. They alike enjoy to participate in all these colourful festivities on the island such as parades, setting off firecrackers, dances, markets, foods and drinks … A friendly and kind way to wish each other, good health, peace and happiness for the coming year.

The main areas to head for to join the celebrations which all have large Chinese communities are Maenam, Hua Thanon and Nathon where you will also see a wide variety of both Thai and Chinese food for sale along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

There are also a number of venues celebrating Chinese New Year Nikki Beach on Lipa Noi Beach are having a themed Sunday Brunch on Feb 03 including traditional Chinese dishes and dragon dancing THB 1,800 per head, The Social Samui near Big Buddha have a Chinese a la Carte menu available from Feb 02-06 and Amber at the Intercontinental Hotel on Taling Ngam Beach from Feb 05 will have authentic Chinese dishes available for both lunch and dinner.

There are only a few villas left available over this period so please contact us at Luxury Villa Samui and speak to one of our reservations specialists.

In the archipelago, the Sino-Thai community is quite extensive (like Thailand, where 14% of its population is of Chinese origin), and it remains very present in all sectors of society. Particularly with believers and practitioners, its members celebrate all the traditional Chinese festivals throughout the year, in a religious spirit, while remaining very united. For them, the Chinese New Year is synonymous with family reunion and commemoration, and the opportunity to see all loved ones. As for the inhabitants of Koh Samui, mostly of Buddhist religion (and the Farangs), the Chinese New Year is synonymous with rejoicing. They alike enjoy to participate in all these colorful festivities on the island such as parades, setting off firecrackers, dances, markets, foods and drinks … A friendly and kind way to wish each other, good health, peace and happiness for the coming year.

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