123ArticleOnline Logo
Welcome to 123ArticleOnline.com!

ALL >> Travel >> View Article

Songkran Festival: All You Need To Know About Thai New Year

By Author: globehunters
Total Articles: 50

What would you think if a stranger came up to you in the street and threw water on you? Under normal circumstances you probably wouldn’t be best pleased, but that’s exactly what happens all over Thailand on Thai New Year (Songkran), when cities across the country turn into one giant water fight.

Fortunately, Songkran occurs just when Thailand is at its hottest - around the 12th – 16th April – when Bangkok Flights are in high demand. In this period of the year, temperatures reach as high as 35 degrees during the day so a Songkran soaking is usually a welcome relief.

Why do Thais throw water to celebrate the New Year?

It symbolises ‘cleansing’ or ‘rejuvenating’; that is, washing away the misfortunes and struggles of the previous year and symbolises ‘refreshing’ the person’s life for the year to come. Some Thais also mark the festival by smearing coloured powder on people in a similarly indiscriminate fashion.

Just like in the west, many Thais make New Year’s resolutions with the intention of keeping them for the year ahead. Songkran is also the catalyst for bouts of house cleaning around the country.

Traditionally Songkran was about paying respects to elders and there are still a significant amount of people that make an early morning trip to the temples to make merit and bathe the monks. Anyone celebrating Songkran as a Buddhist festival will go to at least one wat (monastery) during the festival, with some making visits to as many as nine wats around Bangkok.

In the past, Songkran was held in accordance with the lunar calendar but it’s now celebrated within the aforementioned fixed dates. The exact dates will vary depending on what part of the country you’re in - certain areas will extend the celebration to a full week.

Songkran in Bangkok

The Thai capital is usually a hive of activity but the start of Songkran marks a mass exodus from the city as many people return home to their families outside the city. It’s estimated that around half of Bangkok’s population will leave for Songkran. The city’s big shopping malls remain open but many offices and banks will shut down for the week.

Despite almost half the population leaving, that doesn’t mean Songkran in Bangkok is a let-down; after all, there are still over 3 million people in the city. Silom near Pat Pong is particularly lively with most of the 5km long street taken up with young Thais spraying water at each other. Even the local fire trucks have been known to join in with their powerful hoses.

Backpacker hotspot Khao San Road is another wild place to enjoy Songkran with DJs under waterproof screens lining the street. Meanwhile, the Wisutkasat area even holds its own Miss Songkran Beauty contest to mark the festival every year.

Globehunters Top Tips for Songkran

1) Keep your camera in a waterproof bag - or better yet, bring a waterproof camera

2) Bring a water pistol to defend yourself!

3) Cheaper public transport is not safe from the soakings. Tuk-tuks and regular buses with the windows down are still likely to get soaked

4) Be prepared to get soaked – and dress accordingly!

5) Don’t throw icy or dirty water

Melissa Newman wrote this article with the intent to help you find Bangkok Flights and choose the best flights deals with Globehunters.

Total Views: 72Word Count: 546See All articles From Author

Travel Articles

1. Tanzania Family Safari Invites You For Adventurous Holidays With Your Family
Author: friendssafaris

2. Quality But Cheap Limo Service In Phoenix, Az
Author: John Parker

3. Tips For Taking The Best Pictures On Your Luxury Boat Charter
Author: Liz Moyle

4. Luxury Tour Packages In India
Author: Top Travel and Tours Pvt Ltd

5. Tips For Kimberley Holidays For Honeymooners
Author: Liz Moyle

6. Tips For Making The Most Of Luxury Boat Hire, Sydney Visitors Should Know
Author: Liz Moyle

7. How To Make Your Cabin Feel Bigger On Luxury Kimberley Cruises
Author: Liz Moyle

8. Refuge From Heat For Weddings In Miami Via Bus Rental Service
Author: Hire Charter Bus

9. Worry-free Honeymoon Rides Through San Diego Car Service
Author: MARK JONY

10. The Priority Of Time During Your Wedding Via Limo Rental In Atlanta, Ga
Author: Anderson Parker

11. Making The Bachelor Party Better, One Detail At A Time, With An Atlanta Party Bus Rental
Author: Cheaplimoservicedc

12. How Egypt Travel Packages Offer You The Sights Of Internal Traditional And Cultural Vision?
Author: Amir Mores

13. Hotels In Nairobi And Mombasa – Great Accommodations For Great Holidays
Author: Liz Tapawa

14. Budget Sea Beach Resort In Puri- Online Booking
Author: puri holidays

15. Visit A Little China In Puri- Hotel Holiday Resort Presents Its Best Chinese Delight
Author: puri holidays

Login To Account
Login Email:
Password:
Forgot Password?
New User?
Sign Up Newsletter
Email Address: