Most people have heard of the infamous three-day water fight that is Songkran, and if you asked them what they liked most about their time there, they would probably provide you with a long list of reasons as to why they couldn’t choose their favourite thing.
There’s music, dancing, good times and copious amounts of good fun to be had. All these things and more make the world’s wettest New Year’s celebration one of the most reminisced about festivals in the world.
Going Where the Water Is
Realistically speaking, the event experience differs from place to place and city to city. For example, in Patong – the area that has become synonymous with the festival – has a completely different atmosphere to say, Bangkok, but always you’ll need to be respectful of any temple shrines in the area.
Boarding a bus in Bangkok for an impromptu ‘whistle stop tour’ can be a great way to see the sights and experience everything the festival has to offer. And don’t be fooled into thinking that you’ll be safe inside what is essentially a metal box on wheels designed to keep water out. In fact, the brightly coloured buses will most likely make you and even bigger target as a challenge to be conquered.
When you’ve had your fun drive by soaking the locals with your water pistols from inside your mobile bunker and begin to travel on foot you might soon notice something to whet your appetite – street food. If there’s one thing that the Taiwanese know how to do aside from splashing complete strangers with a smile, it’s got to be street food.
The Amazing Aroma of Street-Side Cuisine
Vendors line the streets offering all sorts interesting items while serving up fantastic looking and even better tasting local cuisines. Everything you could possibly need from sunglasses and flip-flops to waterproof bags and of course, every kind of water gun imaginable.
While you may not have a hard time missing where the food is at as the aroma will hit you long before the sight of the market stalls, you may have trouble finding a quiet place to eat away from the ever present danger of water and the people not afraid to use it.
Will You Be Ready To Leave?
As you proceed you’ll be able to feel the excitement pulling you closer and closer towards the heart of the action. You might not even mind the buckets of ice cold water thrown on you as you enter the throng of people heralding your arrival – Songkran is a New Year’s celebration after all.
While there simply isn’t enough time during the festival to really take in all the sights but what is guaranteed, is that by the end of your stay you’ll have fallen in love with the memory of Songkran and the blissful feeling of happiness you felt while you were there. You even may find you’ll already be planning your next trip to Thailand on the plane back home or onto your next destination.
Water, water, water everywhere