Thailand is one of the most amazing holiday destinations you can imagine. One of the best time to visit Thailand is during Songkran the Thai New Year. I have been lucky enough to visit this beautiful Country a few times and also experience Songkran in Bangkok – Thai New Year. Every travelers dream destination and if you have not been yet, then all I can say is plan and GOOOOO.
What to expect from Thailand?
I can’t stop myself from promoting this beautiful country which offers almost everything you can think of when you are looking for a holiday.
Sun, beaches,mountains,wildlife,friendly people,temples,bustling cities, great food and if you want to party, then some of the best raves and full moon parties you can think off.
It’s a travelers paradise and yes Thailand was the first country I visited as a solo trraveller back in the days. I have subsequently visited this country umpteen times and yet there is something new to be discovered every time I have gone back.
This time I was lucky enough to find myself in the middle of the most celebrated festival in Thailand – Songkran.
April and yes its New Year – Thailand follows the lunar calendar and this Land of smiles turns into one massive water party during this time of the year.
The Thai New Year’ Day is officially the 13 April every year, but the celebrations normally start on the 12th and don’t stop until the 16th. And that’s when the Songkran festival is celebrated – So lets discover Songkran in Bangkok – Thai New Year.
Everyone has to expect to get wet during Songkran. If you’re heading to Thailand during this time of the year don’t expect to stay dry for long when out in public. No one is exempt. It’s a massive celebration and everyone is invited.
What is Songkran?
One of the most important events on the Buddhist calendar, Songkran marks the beginning of the annual rain season.
The word “songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti and literally means “astrological passage” It coincides with the rising of Aries on the astrological chart.
Happening at the end of the dry season the festive days give locals an opportunity to show their respect for water, the most important element for agriculture. And what better way then to show your respect by throwing water buckets on each other!
Yes that is how they show their respect during this festival.
How did it Start
What was once a simple visit to a local temple has turned into a revolution with water pistols, balloons and general splashing about.
The Thai still visit their local temples to pray and wash Buddhist statues which is said to bring prosperity and luck for the year ahead.
Songkran festivities may last as long as four or five days, and involve music, dancing and liberal amounts of alcohol.
Best places to visit in Bangkok during Songkran
Revellers move around the streets in open trucks with barrels of water, drenching everyone in sight.
Bangkok is relatively less busy during this holiday, as most locals return home to celebrate this festival with their loved ones.
If you are in Bangkok during Songkran ,you’ll find designated water zones across the city. Khao San Raod in Bangkok is a popular destination, with both locals and tourists enjoy this festival and douse each other with water.
Songkran in Bangkok – Thai New Year – Remember that the festival is fun so take the splash in good spirit.
What did surprise me was in-spite of the huge crowds and liberal amounts of alcohol limits there was no misbehaviour.
Is Songkran in Bangkok Child Friendly? I was surprised how organized everything was. It is a family festival and all ages participate. It is very child friendly and I would highly recommend it for the entire family.
The children absolutely loved it and if we did get another chance to experience it again we would not miss this for the world.
“Sawadee Bee Mai” meaning “Happy New Year”.
What you need to enjoy Songkran in Bangkok – Thai New Year.
Your survival kit:
* a water gun,
* a waterproofed camera/smart phone.
* some money to spend.
* positive attitude and ready to get wet and have a great time.
The Battlefield :
Find the nearest battle spot and go there in the afternoon. There are several locations in and around all major towns and cities in Thailand.
Depending on your location you would probably want to go to the biggest one.
So if you’re in Bangkok, your destination is Khao San Road, or Siam.
I have never experienced anything like this in my life, so if you can make it to Thailand during Songkran dont think twice.
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