Songkran is a pretty mind-blowing experience, and it can take you by surprise and overwhelm you if you’re not prepared. So here are some expert tips to making your Songkran experience enjoyable and hassle-free.
- Guard yourself: Roads can get pretty crowded, so be aware of traffic congestion/vehicle water skirmishes, and body contact is inevitable, so girls guard yourself from getting groped. Most people just want to have fun but they can make others feel violated. So be careful and don’t drop your guard.
- Crowd control: In large crowds be ready to be pushed and pulled, but don’t lose sight of your mates. Stay close to each other to keep strength in numbers.
- Don’t walk barefoot: The roads get really hot during the heat of the day and broken glass can be found anywhere. The best footwear is rubber sandals with straps. They may look dorky, but they prevent you from slipping. It’s quite difficult to walk on a wet pavement with talcum powder if you’re just wearing thongs.
- Don’t get too tanked: If you aren’t able to make it to your room, you’ve had too much to drink. You really don’t want to pass out on the street, particularly if you’re a woman.
- Weaponry: You’re definitely going to need a Supersoaker to fight with the many Thai kids who seem to be highly skilled water fighters. Get a gun that has a powerful pressure and long range as you will want to aim at the person who shot you on the drive by.
- Eyewear: Sunglasses are a definite must-have. Some people even opt for goggles. Eye protection prevents all kinds of water (dirty or talcum powder water) getting into your eyes as you certainly don’t want to be rubbing your eyes the entire time and end up looking like a stoner by the end of the day. Wacky or funky glasses look really good in photo shoots
- Colourful shirts: The louder your shirt the better. Hawaiian shirts are really good for this. Make sure they clash with your shorts, that way you’ll be a conspicuous target for people to soak! These shirts also dry very quickly and are cooling in the scorching heat.
- Inventory: Spending all day water fighting is certainly going to leave you thirsty for that Chang Beer so make sure you have a waterproof bag to store your grog, money, camera and other essentials in.
- Capturing memories: You’ll naturally want to show everyone back home and on social media what you got up to, just ensure that your camera is either protected by a clear bag, or waterproof. You may find it hard to take snaps with all the water flying around, so snap in the same way you’d fight: keep moving! Even if that’s just keep looking around in the one spot (take a snap while water splashes your back).
- Have fun: Every local Thai is out to have fun and leave their worries and stresses behind and you should be too!
Make sure you’re well prepared for Thai New Year!