If there’s anywhere that knows how to party during Songkran, it’s Pattaya. Here, we’ll tell you the best places to party if you plan to spend your Songkran in Pattaya, and some smart travel tips.
In Pattaya, Timing Is Everything
Pattayans celebrate Songkran one week later than the rest of the country, festivities happening April 18 to 20.
Where to Hang Out
If you want a good base camp, try Walking Street in South Pattaya where there’s a good beer bar: Abbe’s Bar. This bar is good because the bar is right out front so you can chug a cold drink and still have a great view of the action happening.
Really, the street should’ve been called ‘Walking Shopping Eating Drinking Dancing and Staring Street,’ as there’s lots of everything here. Among the attractions are 100 beer bars and more than 30 go-go bars, plus lots more in the side streets that lead towards Pratamnak Road.
Where to Stay
One of the best things about Pattaya is how affordable accommodation is as the urban beach resort has hotels to suit most budgets. For economy but comfortable stays, check out Sawsdee Seaview Pattaya and Sunshine Hotel and Residents.
For mid-range budgets, have a look at All Seasons Pattaya Hotel, Asia Pattaya Hotel and Mercure Hotel Pattaya. If you’re here to splurge, we recommend either Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya or Pattaya Marriot Resort and Spa.
How Much You’ll Spend
Here is a very general idea of what you might spend on your Pattaya stay on a daily basis:
Accommodation (hotel): 1,000 Baht (AUS $33)
Meals: 360 Baht (AUS $12)
Drinks: 500 Baht (AUS $16)
Clothes, shopping: 150 Baht (AUS$
This all adds up to 1010 Baht ($66/day). If you are staying in Pattaya for ten days, then you might spend $660. Of course, everyone has a different budget and lifestyle, but this is just an example to give you a heads up.
Songkran 2014 in Pattaya
Some Things You DON’T Need
For a week’s stay in Pattaya, you do not NEED your phone or laptop, your laptop especially. During Songkran, there is a big chance either item could go missing or have water damage. Keep in mind that Pattaya has internet cafes everywhere where you could check emails, Facebook, etc.
Warnings and Cautions
During Songkran Pattaya police set up more than 30 roadblocks during the three-day period to check for drunken drivers (so we recommend you don’t drive and don’t hitch a ride). Police also remind partyers not to use powerful water cannons (PVC pipes are banned and will be confiscated), avoid throwing iced water (although people generally do anyway), do not throw dirty water or throw water at motorists and try not to be caught street-drinking (stick to licensed premises).
Beach Road is usually closed on the first day of Songkran from 9am to 10pm from the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya to Walking Street. Traffic will usually slow to a crawl on most other roads, which gives more opportunities for water-fighters to have mid-traffic water battles.
Since Songkran in Pattaya occurs much later than in the other cities, we recommend first partying in Phuket or Chiang Mai and then continuing the water revelry in Pattaya.