Well, I guess I don’t blame you. Three days of non-stop aquatic anarchy can be truly trying—especially if you’ve found yourself on the business end of a Super Soaker the whole time. Maybe you do need a break. Luckily, you’re in Bangkok! The Thai town known as both the “City of Angels” and the “Big Mango.” So with allusions to both Los Angeles and New York City you can only expect that there’s plenty to do here—and you’re right.
Looking to stay dry for a day or two during Songkran in Bangkok? Here are five places you can hide:
WAT PHO – THE TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA
I don’t know about you, but I prefer my Buddhas massive and completely chilled out so Wat Pho is a perfect first stop. Located in one of the largest temple complexes in Bangkok, Wat Pho’s centrepiece is a 46 metre (151 foot) long x 15 metre (49 foot) tall reclining Buddha because he, too, just wants to relax a little. The entire statue is covered in gold leaf with feet decorated with mother-of-pearl (no wonder he doesn’t want to use them).
THE GRAND PALACE
Bangkok’s Grand Palace was built in 1782 and for 150 was the residence of the Thai king, the Royal Court, the administrative seat of government, the war ministry and the mint. Today, it’s become the city’s top tourist attraction and most famous landmark, the way beautiful ancient sites do.
The Grand Palace is not just one building, but a complex of governmental structures, a museum, throne halls, courts and temples. Among these is Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred site with an equally serious dress code. So before you ask, no, you can’t get in with a mesh top and shower shoes.
VERTIGO AND MOON
I’m not just spitting out random words here – Vertigo and Moon is the open-air rooftop restaurant and bar on the 61st floor of Bangkok’s Banyan Tree Hotel. And just to be clear, when I suggested staying dry, I exclusively meant your clothes. At Vertigo and Moon you can view Bangkok and all its liquid lunacy with absolutely stunning 360° views but I feel I legally need to advise against dropping any water balloons from this height.
BANGKOK NATIONAL MUSEUM
Bangkok’s National Museum contains the largest collection of Thai art and artefacts in all of Thailand and is located just minutes away from the Grand Palace. English-language descriptions as well as English tours are offered and the museum showcases everything from ancient art and architecture, ceramics and gold sculptures, precious stones, traditional musical instruments and masks and clothing and textiles. There’s even an area dedicated to Chinese weapons of which the “water gun” is blatantly absent.
GET YOURSELF A MASSAGE
If you’re doing this water battle during Songkran in Bangkok thing right, you’re going to need one—not that you ever need an excuse for a little pampering. Traditional Thai massage is a must-do when in Bangkok and there are great spas to be found all over the city, in and out of the splash zone. Thai massage emphasizes work on your pressure points to help recharge your tired body and soul, something you’ll definitely need after a few days of all-out water warfare. At an average of THB 300 per hour, there’s no excuse to miss this. Just don’t go getting all soft on us—we need you out there!