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Songkran is a three-day water fight festival or Thai New Year, which takes places on 13th-15th April every year and is one of the most celebrated holiday of the year by almost all provinces in Thailand. The official Songkran festival lasts from one to three days depending on the province; sometimes even one full week is celebrated!

April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand, what better way to cool down during this time then enjoying a festive festival where everyone is going crazy throwing, splashing, and shooting water at each other.  Having fun has always been a big part of Thai Culture, and having fun in the heat is no exception.

During this time most office buildings, banks, official government buildings, restaurant, shops are closed as a lot of locals will travel around the country, at least half of its residents travel back to their home towns for family re-unions.


History of Songkran

The word Songkran is from the Sanskrit language and means the passage of the sun from one sign of the Zodiac to another. The date was originally set by astrological calculations, but it is now fixed on 13 April. The country closes down for the holiday, focusing entirely on the festival and the accompanying holiday rituals.

Songkran began as a Buddhist tradition, where Thais celebrate Songkran by visiting their families for reunion, offering to monks, visiting temples to give donations and paying respect to Buddha. Songkran is traditionally it’s a time meant to celebrate with your family and friends, where younger people pay respects to the elder by giving them blessings, using a little bit of water to sprinkle water at your loved ones to symbolize purification.

Today the Songkran has evolved into a big celebration where everyone get together to celebrate and enjoy one of the biggest water fights in the world!  Thailand became one of the top destinations for tourist during April due to Songkran Festival.


Where to go?

 

Bangkok

April 13 – 15

Capital of Thailand

Best Place to have fun is in Khao San Road or Silom Road

Biggest Water Party in the Country

Chiang Mai

April 13 – 15

Best Place to have fun is “Tha Pae Gate” in the Old City

One of the most popular place to visit in mid-April

Most “Water” Party in the Country

 

Phuket

April 13 – 15

Most Popular Beach destination in Thailand

Best Place to have fun is Patong Beach

Heavy celebration on the 13th and start to tone down on 14th -15th

Pattaya

April 13 – 19

Known as the Party City in Thailand

Longest Water Party

Best Place to have fun here is everywhere!

Koh Samui

April 13 – 15

Most Popular Island in Thailand

Events take place all major beach towns

Best Place to have fun is Chaweng Beach or Soi Green Mango


Tip for Enjoying Songkran

  • If you don’t want to get wet, stay inside during this time.
  • Beware; the whole country is on high traffic alert, in case you are planning to go somewhere far.
  • Wear a Hat and Sunscreen, even with the all that water, the sun is still shining!
  • You will get powered; just don’t let it in your eyes!
  • Use a waterproof pouch to protect valuables.
  • Unless you need it, better leave all your valuables at home!
  • Wear sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes!
  • Don’t pay for the water, the locals will offer you water refills for free.
  • Road death is high during Songkran, stay off the bikes for your safety.
  • Floors can be slippery, mind your footing.
  • Monks are highly respected in Thailand, so never throw water at them.
  • But do throw water at the police! (With their Consent)
  • Don’t get upset if you get wet without consent!
  • Say: “Sawadee Bee Mai”. It means: “Happy New Year!”
  • Stay Safe and Have Fun!

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