If you happen to be living in Thailand during Songkran, but don’t want to take part in the saturated, festive fun, we’ve compiled a set of essential hints and tips you should know to keep you out of trouble and mostly dry.
Songkran is Thailand’s biggest annual celebration and it can also be the most irritating and uncomfortable time of year for those who aren’t prepared.
What once involved just gentle pouring of scented water over the heads of the Thai elders, has now turned into people getting drenched to the core every time they step outside. Today, tens of thousands of festival-goers attend and take part in the watery combat, bearing modern water armaments such as Super Soakers. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates this riotous fun.
If you’re one of these who don’t enjoy it, or want to take a break during the three-day festival, you could simply escape overseas for a while, but if that’s not an option, just become a shut-in while the festival is on. That doesn’t mean you have to simulate a zombie-apocalypse indoors, living off tinned food and determined resignation. Follow our tips below and make the most of your dry, secluded fun.
Getting Food and Essentials
Going to the supermarket for groceries is simply not an option during Songkran. The water flying in every direction will ensure all your groceries are spoiled. So instead, get your food delivered. Supermarkets such as Tops Supermarket and Tesco Lotus both provide online shopping and will deliver to your door any day. That way only the delivery driver gets wet and hopefully not your bread.
It’s the holidays, so you’d be perfectly justified if you don’t feel like cooking. Plus, during Songkran, there’s the additional threat of getting water blasted on the way to the restaurant. As with groceries, you can order your meal online and get it delivered. Foodpanda.co.th allows you to choose dishes from hundreds of good-quality restaurants and get it delivered for a small price. Plus there’s a Foodpanda app for both iPhone and Android which allows you to place an order in under 10 seconds.
Stock Up On Booze
Why should all the sodden soldiers outside have all the fun. You can stock up on alcohol through Wish Beer (www.WishBeer.com or www.Facebook.com/WishBeerThailand) and choose from 400 brands of quality beer from all over Europe. You can purchase by the bottle or get the “discovery case”, which is a mixed sample box of craft beers for Bt1,500. Delivery is free if you spend more than Bt2,000 and if you spend more than Bt4,000, you’ll save 10 per cent on the total cost.
If you absolutely have to leave your sanctuary, be sure to get a taxi with GrabTaxi and travel dry. GrabTaxi is a new app for iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry phones where you can book a taxi with less than a two hour-notice.
Pump Up the Tunes in Ya Crib
Naturally, Bangkok’s favourite DJ, Octo, doesn’t visit private events and he’s most likely booked for most of Songkran, but fortunately, you can download his mixtapes at www.Octo.co.uk/songkran2014. Put all his mixtapes on shuffle and you’ll be set for the whole night.