Having been to Bangkok / Thailand so many times, it’s quite a surprise to many when I tell them that I have not experienced Songkran in Thailand before. So, Wilson (from PlacesandFoods.com) and I decided that we should experience it together in 2017.

Songkran is actually the New Year of Thailand and it falls on the 13-15 April every year and you will hear locals greeting each other “Sawasdee Pee Mai”. It is the time when family comes  together and respect is paid to seniors. There will be a simple “water ceremony” which basically symbolise rinsing off the  misfortunes and to welcome a better new year. Many also visit the temple to make merit. At the same time, you will also see Buddha statues at hotels or shopping centres where scented water is poured over the torso and body of the Buddha statues.

With that being said, this is what happens in Thailand:

  • Many locals return to their hometown
  • Many shops and restaurants will be closed during the Songkran period (except shopping centres)
  • Traffic will be very clear
  • You WILL get wet (there is literally no way to escape!)
  • You NEED to waterproof your important items (mobile phones)

As mentioned, you WILL definitely get wet as it’s part of their celebrations. You will either get wet from water guns or buckets of water. Be prepared and get for yourself the following:

  • Waterproof pouch (from 20 baht)
  • Water guns (from 100 baht, depending on size)
  • Goggles (from 20 baht)
  • Poncho
  • Waterproof makeup
  • Females are advised not to wear white clothing

In Bangkok, there are several areas which tourists flock to for some fun together. They are at:

  • Central World,
  • Silom,
  • Siam Square,
  • Khao San and
  • RCA.

Many tourists also visit the other provinces to have fun, such as:

  • Phuket
  • Chiang Mai
  • Pattaya
  • Koh Samui

Central World (BTS: Chidlom)

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At Central World, there are booths for you to get free gifts – a waterproof pouch and mini water gun! So if you are not prepared, you can get them for free by uploading your photos and hashtagging them.

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Only at Central World, there’s a foam party for you to enjoy too!

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Siam Square (BTS: Siam)

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Silom (BTS: Sala Daeng)

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The water fight was quite intense. Ensure that you have goggles to protect your eyes.  While you are enjoying the fun, don’t forget to respect others too. Don’t splash water at elders or babies.

If you have not experienced Songkran in Thailand before, you should really do it!  Stay safe and have fun!