Having heard of Songkran through friends and seen the many videos and pictures, naturally I was keen to head to Thailand for the festival once I found out that it was about to fall on a long weekend in 2017 (even despite my many Thailand Trials which keep putting me off the Land of Smiles).
We made it to Bangkok with minimal fuss – there was some scaremongering that this year’s Songkran would be downplayed due to King Bhumibol’s death however as you can see from our photo, we all had a splashing good fun.
Here’s some things I took away in general from my experience.
… is necessary. Even despite waterproofing her stuff in a ziploc bag, my friend’s phone decided to act up on her (it’s now dead).
Alternatively, just put your cash in a waterproof pouch and use a waterproof camera to capture your Songkran moments.
We saw waterproof pouches and hats for sale all over Bangkok.
2) Know where to go
Yes, Songkran is pretty much a free for all water fight – and if locals see that you have a waterproof pouch while on the road, you will be splashed. However, there are definitely a few places where people venture to with nothing else in mind except to engage in water fights. We went to a couple of places:
- Siam Square – make sure your shoulders are covered up for this one, they wouldn’t let us in because the girls were wearing sleeveless tops/ dresses. Water costs 5 – 10฿.
- Silom Road – 5 km of road converted into walking streets filled with tons of vendors, this really caters to tourists that venture here purely for Songkran. Water costs 5 – 10฿.
- Right outside our airbnb (personal favourite) – so we got off our tuk tuk, and there on the small street outside our airbnb, locals were dancing to music on the pavements and splashing all the passengers that went by in tuktuks. They had huge tubs of water that they shared with us and we took part in the fun as well. A lot more of a ‘local’ and impromptu experience.
There are a few places in Bangkok that sport more traditional Songkran celebration such as Sanam Luang in the Rattankosin area or Phra Pradaeng – we never made it to those as we were already tired out after our first day of Songkran!
It’s going to be comfortable in your bikini, for sure. Or for guys, to go topless or in a singlet.
Do remember though, that this *is* the Thai New Year and a majority of the Thai people are conservative. From what I saw, most locals still wore shirts that covered their shoulders during Songkran. So do put something over your swimwear 🙂 Can’t do anything about it becoming clingy and skimpy but try to dress somewhat modestly for a start.
Would I go back again during Songkran? Well, I wouldn’t go back purely FOR Songkran. I can definitely see the appeal – big water fight on the streets! childhood dream comes true! However, there’s far better – and cheaper – ways for me to get my kicks nowadays, I’m sure 😉
Last but not least, here’s the video of our Songkran experience, made possible by Auch.