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1. Posted by Rubymurray (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

Where is the best place to spend Songkran??

Just found out I'll be in Thailand in April and was just wondering if there are any suggestions tips and hints for what sounds like a fantastic festival

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

Everywhere in Thailand. From North to South, from Central to East. Everybody will be celebrating Songkran. If you happened to be in small town or village, they will be having their own celebrations like fun fairs etc.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

I was in Bangkok last year and it was good fun. Be prepared to be soaked regularly as you walk the streets. We bought water pistols and went to the Patpong area in the evening where there were big crowds celebrating. I have heard that Chiang Mai has big celebrations too.

4. Posted by suzy (Full Member 24 posts) 8y

Ultimately, the best event ever! Sheer mayhem! Chiang Mai's pretty lethal that time of year, they'd even open your car doors and splash water inside car! (There goes your $5000 leather interiors!) But the amazing thing, everyone takes it with a huge smile.
Honestly, nothing beats the intensity of celebrating it in a smaller town. I celebrated it in Luang Prabang and that was insane. I was soaked by the time I got back to my guesthouse after a short trip to the post office. And the kids would literally chase you down the alleys armed with their water guns. (But we showed them who's boss!)
But by the 3rd day, we all got kinda tired of it and became hermits in our guesthouse. It's nice to be wearing dry clothes for a change.
Have fun!

5. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 8y

Quoting Rubymurray

Where is the best place to spend Songkran??

Just found out I'll be in Thailand in April and was just wondering if there are any suggestions tips and hints for what sounds like a fantastic festival

I like Pattaya! I have been there for several over the past few years. You do get wet! And you do have a lot of white powder put on you too!

Make sure you have a plastic bag covering your wallet and any camera equipment! Don't think because you have a camera or Ipod hanging around your neck you will be spared - you won't!

I especially like the look on the face of some "uppity snobbish tourist" who gets her fancy clothes all soaked! Be part of the action or be a victim!

Make sure you have some cheap wash and wear clothing on, shoes too!

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Steve,
I vote with Frosty and suggest you hit Pattaya for Songkran. The rest of Thailand celebrates Songkran on April 13th, but Pattaya makes it a week long holiday. This year Pattaya will celebrate Songkran from April 13 to 20th. There will be parades, beauty contests, sports contest, live entertainment, etc. You can expect to get wet on the 13th and on the 19th and 20th. Some farangs don't understand the holiday and spray you with water all week. The Thai police try to stop the throwing of water between the 13th and the 19th, but that is not always successful. Most just wear clothes you can get wet and sandals. It is hot so generally you don't mind being sprayed. If it all gets to be too much, you can leave Pattaya of stay by the pool and eat at your hotel.

What I suggest is that you are in either BKK or Chiang Mai on the 13th for the official Songkran celebration.Then go to Pattaya for the big parade on the 19th. You get 2 bites of the Songkran apple that way. I have many Songkran photos in my gallery that may prepare you for the water festival. You will have a great time if you get involved and give as well as receive! Good luck.

7. Posted by Rubymurray (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

Cheers guys it all sounds fantastic and I can't wait to get out there

Chiang Mai and Pattaya are sounding particularly good at the minute but I'm still open to suggestions

Ruby