Songkran in Thailand is always an exciting time of the year and in Pattaya things can get a little crazy. If you’ve never heard about Songkran it’s the festival celebrating Thai new year celebrated every April. Since Songkran is the hottest time of the year the Thai’s traditionally celebrate by throwing and sprinkling water on each other.
When is Songkran? Songkran is officially celebrater from the 13th to 15th April in throughout Thailand however Pattaya’s party spirit extends this to start around the 11th right through the 19th. By the 18th and 19th the population of Pattaya swells for the party grand finale and travel becomes gridlocked. Jomtien will be only slightly better so plan ahead and leave plenty of time if you need to get anywhere during that period and don’t try to travel on the 19th. April 18 is the Naklua “wan lai” water-throwing festival.
Things to remember to have a safe and fun Songkran
- No matter what you do your going to get wet. As soon as you arrive you need to get a waterproof cover for your phone (which you can purchase in the shop). Leave your passport in the hotel safe and carry a copy around in a ziplock bag.
- The water can be dirty to be careful getting it in any food, drink or your eyes. I’ve seem a chap walking down the street with a mask and snorkel on before as well, you can never be too prepared.
- If you want to take your camera out to capture the fun then make sure you take it with the dive housing.
- Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty, all day. Even though the water play is meant to stop after dark a lot of holiday revilers will continue it on into the night. If you’re going out for a nice dinner and you’ve just put your best white trousers on then you might want to rethink walking to the restaurant.
- Be careful on the roads. There is a lot of distractions for drivers at this time of year and many drivers enjoying the holiday spirit. If you’re walking, riding or driving keep in might .
- Everyone gets wet. Don’t get too annoyed if someone dumps a bucket of ice water on your head when you weren’t expecting it. It’s all part of the fun.
- If you’re going to be reveling in the festivities walking around the streets in swim wear then remember to wear sun screen.
- Remember that Songkran is actually a religious festival and show respect to temples and religious activities.
Get yourself a bucket or water gun and join in the fun.