Phuket is a paradise all times of year, and even more so during Songkran. Picture yourself on a beautiful tropical island with blissful warm sun, beaches and water fights to cool you down and enjoy all over town.
Where the Fun Takes Place
Most of the water-fighting action takes place on the main road which stretches from Phuket town centre down to the Rawai Beach. The traffic will slow to a crawl during the peak of the festival, but people are unlikely to experience road rage even in a grid lock; it just provides more chances to break out in water skirmishes! There’ll be plenty of locals cruising in utes or trucks come water battle vehicles, throwing buckets of water and spraying water guns at passers-by.
You can join in the Songkran wet street parties from early morning. It starts gently in the town centre around 10am, but turns to water dogfights in the afternoon in Patong, Kata and Karon and culminates in a hectic full-scale water war in Bangla road at night.
What Else Is There Apart From Water Fights?
Phuket’s Songkran celebrations also have a variety of entertainment options for guests. These include local craft exhibits and clothing in the markets. As part of the festivities, local models show off their talents and the products.
If You Need a Break From The Action…
If you want a quieter option that’s out of the ordinary during your Phuket stay, you should head to Phuket’s historical Old Town. Although a bit removed from it all, the historical architecture makes for a great environment to enjoy the Songkran festivities. Many descendants of Old Town’s residents still live in the same houses, so you’ll find it’s a bit of a gamble as to whether you find deserted streets (which is ideal if you want to stay dry) or stumble across the home owners’ grandchildren, equipped with a full arsenal of impractically-sized water guns.
But in general, you’re not likely to find water trucks or utes around Old Town as they find it too difficult to navigate and too removed from the main action. If you plan on visiting Old Town, hoteltravel.com lists some popular hotels available in the town centre – which will make your visit to Old Town an easy walk.
Tips For an Enjoyable Phuket Songkran
- Don’t hire a bike or moped. The roads are very slippery and when water is thrown at you, you instinctively close your eyes, which is a major hazard. Plus, a lot of drunken people will be out on the streets partying, so you don’t want to risk running over pedestrians GTA-style.
- Get a waterproof camera (such as the Fuji Finepix XP50) as the chances of ruining your camera are pretty high!
- Beware of major traffic jams in the town centre, particularly in Patong Beach. It may take you several hours just to cross it.
- Don’t carry anything that is not water resistant or that you can afford getting wet.
- Don’t wear expensive clothing. Some people like to throw water mixed with talcum powder, which may not be easy to wash out.
Songkran in Phuket happens on April 12 to 14.
Celebrations in Patong, Phuket