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1. Posted by rick2u (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

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Has any one any idea when this is and how badly wet you get if you go out

2. Posted by trip345 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

The water bomb festival is actually the Thai New Year which is held in April each year. Around the 13th, 14th, etc. It goes on for about 1 week. It is dependant of the area a bit but you will have a hard time not getting wet when going out during the day but also during night.
They play with water even inside some nightclubs.
In the evening you can take taxis of course and you will not get wet then.

So if you stay out of the main parts where people play with water (RCA,Silom,Sukhumvit), then you can go out without getting wet. Jus take taxis to where you go and nothing can happen. Theer are enough people in Thailand also who don't want to get wet so there are always ways.

If you are not in a taxi then it will be hard to not get wet. And wet means getting SOAKED.

3. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

The festival is Song Khran the Thai new year and takes place in April.
OK - the festival happens all over Thailand and if you are there then you are going to get wet and have a kind of paste/talcum smeared over you.
The festival lasts for over week with different towns having a different day for the climax, all the roads are blocked with hundreds of pick-up trucks carrying huge barrels of icey water and people hurling it everywhere.
Rather than avoid it (which you won't) try and enter into the spirit of things. Take off your watch etc, put all your documents and money away. If you have to take anything out, money and camera, wrap it in a plastic bag, . Don't wear your best clothes - You will get drenched, you cannot say "not me"...even the police are covered in powder and water.
Many crashes occur at this time of year, partly due to drink-drive but also due to the practice of hurling water at passing motorists....motor-cyclists are particularly vulnerable....

4. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

You will be soaked 24/7. Board shorts, water guns and beer are all you need.

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 31, 2006 3:59 AM by ghostdog ]

5. Posted by suwannaphu (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y

It is not a wise way to stay inside or make all the detours just to avoid getting wet during this festive season if you decide to visit Thailand this time of the year.

As wildfk mentioned : you better join people to know the spirit of Songkran. It just takes place once a year, and this makes Thailand a destination for many who want to see and feel it.

If you cannot stop them (surely you can't), then join them! Why not?

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1593 posts) 10y

Quoting rick2u

Has any one any idea when this is and how badly wet you get if you go out

The only real "possible bad moments" are when you have your good clothes on going to your hotel for the first time. Once you survive that ride switch over to cheap simple (wash and beware) clothes and join in the fun!

Some people do go overboard a little, Farangs included, but in general buy a water pistol and be have a ball!

Some additional info on the Songkran celebrations:
http://www.topics-mag.com/internatl/holidays/thailand/songkron-festival.htm

KA

7. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

wildfk has good advice: just roll with it and enjoy the craziness of the festival. You really have approach with the right mindset. If so, it can be a wonderful, joyous experience. But if you are squeemish about getting wet, or plan on doing other activities or business during this time (officially it lasts 3 days, but it's sometimes longer - and it also depends upon which city you are in), then Songkran can more than a bit annoying. But really, it's something everyone should experience at least once. The holiday has gotten a bad rep among many foreigners/expats, but I think it's one of the silliest and most charming festivals in the country.