Songkran is the mark for the Thai New Year’s festival. The Thai New Year’s Day falls on 13 April every year, but the holiday period includes 14-15 April as well. The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word as “astrological passage”, meaning transformation and change. Splashing water is the symbol of purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck. The festival itself is far from the actual meaning and spiritual ritual but has gone beyond as a commercial and tourist agenda. Be ready to get wet in Thai style! Here are some tips you need to prepare if you want to go to the festival.
1. Plan Well
The first thing that you need to do is plan your itinerary, whether you aim to attend the longest celebration of Songkran festival or you are seeking for the wildest water fight. If you choose the first one, Chiang Mai in Northern of Thailand might be the place to go since the events are longer and it has already started since one week before. If you prefer the wild one, go to Silom, which recognised as Bangkok financial and party district. Immerse yourself with the glamorous Thailand nightlife with world class DJ during Songkran and an unlimited amount of liquors.
2. Protect your Goods
Keep in mind that Songkran Festival involves water a lot as a part of the celebration. Make sure you have your own personal gadgets protected with waterproof casing because everybody is going to be wet. It is not advisable to use a sling bag, instead use fanny packs that are easy to attach around your waist and don’t bring unnecessary things if you feel that you don’t need it.
3. Be Cautious
Pickpockets tend to do their actions during Songkran Festival since it is always filled with lots of tourists and people. If you are a tourist, consider for leaving your passport in the hotel room and bring a small amount of money, to avoid any threats from the criminals. Moreover, don’t use taxi or bus, it is better to use train due to the hectic traffic during Songkran festival.
4. Book Earlier
As a Thailand’s national event, booking a hotel during D-day must be a real nightmare since most of the hotels were fully booked during Songkran Festival. Therefore, book your hotel in advance is important if you want to party in the popular district in Thailand like the capital city of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and others.
During the festival, you better prepare a rubber sandal because the street can be very slippery and dangerous. Don’t even think to barefooted during Songkran because sometimes you may find broken pieces of beer bottles.
5. Have Fun
Lastly, prepare your gear including water gun and waterproof casing on the day of the event. The water fight starts in 2nd and 3rd day, at that time you can bargain until the prices can go really cheap. After the festival, you can go shopping in the biggest shopping capital in Asia, with local and international brands.
The last thing that must be remembered is to pay your respect. Visit a temple to show your respect, after all this is a religious festival. Have a great time playing around during Songkran’s Festival!
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