Songkran is Thailand’s New Year’s celebration – it’s held on 13–15 April each year.
With maximum temperatures topping 95°F (35°C) at the hottest time of the year in Bangkok, it is only natural that people will happily engage in wet and wild water fights, which originated as a way to pay respect to people and also mark the traditional Thai New Year.
If you’re in Thailand during Songkran, then chances are you’re going to get wet – inadvertently caught up in an enthusiastic water fight before you know it.
In Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and other big urban centres, everybody is a target – whether or not they want to be splashed.
Sometimes the splashing is just a gentle handful of water. Sometimes, it’s from a high-powered water gun. And sometimes it’s from a big bucket of icy water. It’s also common to be smeared with a paste of talc and water. Try not to get it in your eyes as it can burn.
Public drunkenness rises significantly during Songkran, as does traffic accidents. Popular tourist traffic areas such as Khao San Road in Bangkok and Walking Street in Pattaya get packed with people and can turn into a messy, drunken disaster as the evenings wear on.
If you’re looking for parties, then Songkran is a great time to hit the nation’s capital Bangkok – pool parties, dance parties, big-name DJs make this a great time to visit the city if you’re looking for a bit of fun.