Celebrate the new solar year and the start of a glorious summer during an all-out water fight at the Songkran Festival in Thailand. The Buddhist festival is regarded as the most important public holiday and for good reason. Locals and tourists alike take to the streets with water guns, pistols, buckets and more to splash each other in an effort to spread good wishes for new coming year.
Make sure to dress appropriately as getting soaked is inevitable. Swimwear and moisture-wicking clothing options will be your best bet. Dress as if you were going to hangout at the beach and stay away from denim! There isn’t much of a need to bring many valuables with you, but if necessary, make sure to protect them. A plastic waterproof bag works well and a waterproof camera is always a great gadget to have to capture the fun.
Tourists are prime targets to local children who will jump on the chance of pouring ice cold water over your head when you least expect it. Keep an eye out for beautifully painted elephants who will pressure-hose pedestrians walking down the street.
“Dance and play in the streets as you embrace the Thai culture during a water-filled battle zone celebration.”
The great part about this festival is that it is celebrated in various locations throughout Thailand. Some villages will take part in the water splashing for just a day, while other cities take part in water wars for days at a time. The northern city of Chiang Mai is known to celebrate the festival for as long as a week with food, music and insane water fights.
Other popular cities that celebrate the festival include Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya. Traditionally, the event will take place from April 13 – 16, which happens to be Thailand’s hottest time of the year. Read more
Thailand is notorious for heavy and often times dangerous traffic. During the Songkran Water Festival, many roads will be blocked off for the event. Planning much ahead of time is key to solidifying a bus or train ticket to get to your destination.
Public transportation is one of the best ways to get around the area. Local city buses, the MRT subway system and open-air taxis are all economical choices as transportation options.
Thailand offers several types of accommodations for every type of traveler. Choose from luxurious hotels to cheap hostels and camping experiences. Location over amenities? Or would you rather have to travel a bit farther but have free breakfast and Wifi? Make sure to properly research what exactly you want.
No matter where you stay in Thailand, you will be greeted with plenty of opportunities to explore the rich culture of the country.
– Visit historical buddhist temples
– Discover magnificent waterfalls and forests in national parks
– Relax during an authentic Thai massage
– Indulge in local food and eats
From the countryside to the water, Thailand is filled with things to do for every type of traveler and group size. Map out your list with some of the country’s top experiences for a vacation of a lifetime.
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