Every April Thailand celebrate their new year. To celebrate they hold the biggest craziest water fight you will ever experience… The whole country comes to a halt as it goes on for three whole days! The best place to celebrate Songkran is in Bangkok!
Whilst there are big celebrations all over Thailand we don’t think you can compete with Bangkok. To be precise the Koh San road AREA. We say area because Koh San road itself is so busy you can barely walk, but if you come off the main road and walk down all the little side alleys that’s where the fun is at!
Just picture thousands of people walking the streets armed and ready with water guns, water canons, buckets of (ice!) water and hoses all searching for their prey. They don’t just travel by foot, oh no! Watch out for passing cars and scooters too!
Just be warned that no one and we mean no one is safe. If you’re dry it won’t be for long. No one cares if you have your backpack full of clothes or if you’ve just done your hair. The best thing to do is to grab a gun and go and embrace it!
How Did It Start?
The Thai Buddhist calendar starts with the passing of the Buddha. It’s also celebrated in April due to the sun and star alignment. To begin with water was poured over statues of Buddha for good luck- this is actually something we got to do as we went to Wat Pho on one of the days. The water is then sprinkled on to loved ones as a blessing.
As time went on this tradition has morphed its way into this mental fun filled three days where you fill your water gun with dirty iced cold water and proceed to blast it into the faces of complete and utter strangers! The only time this is ever a normal thing to do!
How To Get Involved
Buy a BIG gun- we made the mistake of buying the smaller cheaper ones. You have to refill them so often we quickly ditched them for something a little bigger.
Buy your gun in an area you want to stay in for a little while. Whilst there is no ticketing for this festival you do have to pay for water occasionally- normally in the more popular streets. When you do have to pay its only about 25p for the refill. However, you’ll be offered free refills from wherever you buy your gun from.
Another way to save on buying water is to head to a bar, buy a drink and you get as many free refills as you like. We actually did this at a little pop up bar on the side of the street and it was one of the highlights, during Songkran everyone becomes your friend and you’ll find yourself making teams with each other.
Get yourself a floral shirt! It’s the go to festival wear and you’ll look odd without one.
What to remember?
You’re going to get wet, you won’t be able to save anything. If you cant leave your money and electronics at home get something to protect them. for around £1 you can buy a waterproof phone case which is big enough for a bit of cash too.
Don’t shoot at Monk’s, Pregnant women and babies. It’s just disrespectful.
It’s disrespectful to walk around in a bikini or shirtless. Remember that this started as a religious festival. Wear a floral shirt with your Bikini on underneath to feel more comfortable.
Just have fun, this is one of the only times in your adult life you get to act like a big kid and no one will judge you for it!
Let us know in the comments if you’d like to spend Songkran in Bangkok.
If you enjoyed this post you can check out how we travelled Bangkok on a budget here.
If you want to see where we stayed during Songkran click here.
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