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Apr 2, 2009 02:59 PM

Songkran Thai festival

I recently read that this festival is happening on Sunday. Is it worth trying out?

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  1. Anyone know if and when it's happening at the North Hollywood temple?

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    1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

      Songkran (Thai New Year) Festival at Wat Thai of Los Angeles IS happening this year April 11-12. There is parking at Kaiser Hospital with a shuttle van from 9am-6pm.

      818-780-4200 ext.601, 609 for more info.

      Wat Thai of Los Angeles
      8225 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91605

      1. re: outshined

        What are the times of this festival?

        1. So glad this is not an 'I went and it was great' post but rather an in-advance-of-the-thing thread!

          Found a mention of some details here:

          Says: The 2009 Thai Town Festival will take place on Sunday, April 5th from 10 am till 7 pm. On Hollywood Blvd. between Western and Kingsley, you will find over 150 booths, music, performances and a lot of curry. More details coming soon…

          And this looks like a more complete set of details likely:

          And this concurrent CURRY FESTIVAL :D

          1. It's fun but I didn't think a lot of the booths selling food were that good. The good news is that you are in the middle of Thai Town and there are amazing restaurants on every block. It's not like the old Wat Thai, but it is fun. I"m a sucker for New Year's Festivals. We go to the Tet Festival every year and it's always the same.

            I've never been to Thailand during Songkran but I've heard that it is open season on tourists and you totally get soaked (it's a Water Festival for New Years). Thank God there wasn't anything like that going on.

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            1. re: bsquared2

              Got back a little bit ago - agree re the street vendors. Just came away with some fresh kaffir lime leaves, galangal and lemongrass to tinker with. Will come back for real food. But fun, nonetheless. Packed!

            2. Well, here's what I found worthwhile:

              I hadn't had issan sausage before, and it's pretty good. Nice and sour.
              The squid on a stick was (much) better last year.
              Possibly the best food came from Simpang Asia, an Indonesian place. I tried several different forms of curry surrounded by starch and fried.
              The best Thai dish I had was a bite of papaya salad. I have no idea which booth it came from. It wasn't as good as Jitlada's, but it was available.
              Ngoma, a pan-African restaurant, had a very tasty chicken curry, enough to make me want to try the restaurant. It looks a little pricey for the hole-in-the-wall food that I'm used to (entrees $14-15) but they have $7 lunch specials Tu-F 11-3.

              I think the draw here isn't so much that the food is amazing, as that the food is pretty good and you get to buy a bunch of things and wander around eating them.

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              1. re: Bjartmarr

                Another Chow thread mentions Simpang Asia won first place at the festival.