Thai New Year, also known as the Songkran, is always celebrated on April. This is the hottest time before the Rain season in Thailand.

Songkran – another New year in Thailand

Besides the traditional New Year, which comes around the world on January 1, there is its own in Thailand. Thai New Year is an unusual exotic holiday. Nowadays it is a famous tourist attraction. But not everyone will like Songkran. Reading the article and watching the video will help you plan your trip to Thailand in April. You need to decide whether you want to visit the country during this period.

Originally Thai New year is a religious holiday. Thais reunite with families and visit temples. One of the features of Songkran is to splash water on each other and smear with talcum powder. It is not only a way to freshen up In the hottest time of the year, but also a wish of luck on beliefs. However, Songkran became a quite large-scale and violent holiday in the popular tourist places of Thailand.

Thai New Year is accompanied by songs, dances and active pouring of water. Plenty of big barrels with water appears near bars. Tourists and locals pour over each other from waterguns, buckets, dies and basins.

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Why you may not like the Songkran in Thailand? That is because people will not ask You before drench. Many of them will not care about your smartphone, camera, passport etc. And you have a good opportunity to get sick: water is often served with ice.

No matter if you drive the motobike or move on songteo (pickup with seats). Be prepared for contingencies when planning something to do.
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Dates and period of Songkran 2019 in Thailand

Dates of activities may vary. Officially Thai New Year 2019 is celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of April. By the way, there is 2562 year in Thailand now and it began on January 1 (counted from the 15th of April before, but the date was changed for convenience).

Songkran 2019 in Bangkok

The main celebrations for tourists In Bangkok will be placed on Silom and Kaosan road on April 13-15. The well known Sukhumvit spots like Soi 4 and Soi Cowboy also will be involved.

Phuket and Samui

Dates the same: 13-15. The main location for the celebration of Thai New Year on Phuket is the Patong, on Koh Samui – Chaweng beach.

Songkran in Pattaya

Songkran 2019 In Pattaya will be start on 13 (according to some sources on 11) and lasts up to the 19th number. Involved area: Beach Road, Walking Street, Second Rd and adjacent streets, Buakhao, and also Northern, Southern beaches and Jomtien. Epic battles are arranged on the bar streets like Soi 6, LK Metro, Soi 7 & 8.
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Activities In Pattaya ends with a completely insane Water Festival called the Wan Lai Big Party. Thai people have a day off, the streets are filled with music stages and food stalls, people are wetted even by fire trucks.

Water battles are stop at around sunset along the Songkran week. But it lasts till late night on the Wan Lai.

Sogkran dangers

  • Road accidents. Hundreds of victims during the celebration of Thai New Year is the result of alcohol mostly. Advise to avoid distant trips, as well as driving.
  • Safety of values. Take care of expensive equipment: buy waterproof bags and glasses for your eyes. Thai money are not afraid water if You don’t know 🙂

Pattaya Soi 7
Choose a quiet area or go to the Islands If you don’t want to take part in this. But this will not guarantee that you will stay dry on Songkran.

If you want to enjoy this events and watch water battles from the balcony, check these cheap hotels in Pattaya and Bangkok:

Soi 6

Queen Victoria Inn
Sandman Hotel

LK Metro

Drunken Duck Guesthouse
I-Rovers Sports Bar & Hotel
Crystal Suites
Billabong Hotel

Khao San road Bangkok

Khaosan Palace Hotel
Dang Derm Hotel
Rikka Inn
Book it in advance with discount with links above

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