Songkran is arguably the most fun event in the Thai calendar, the week-long water fight here that ensues as part of the celebration marking the start of the Thai new year can be described as nothing less than completely crazy and the true scope of it has to be experienced firsthand to really do it justice.
The festival engulfs all of Pattaya and if the idea of being splashed with water constantly for a week solid even remotely sounds like something you would not enjoy then it’s probably best not to book a trip to Pattaya during Songkran. Whether you want to take part or not doesn’t matter you will get soaked regardless and no victims are spared it doesn’t matter if your young, old or even if you’re in a wheelchair you will get buckets of water chucked over you or blasted with water pistols.
That being said if you embrace the chaos like we have already said it can be one of the most fun experiences you will probably ever have, but to truly get the most out of it you have to be prepared, you need to have the mindset that you are going to war and need to prepare accordingly.
Here we will talk a little about how to get the best out of the whole Songkran experience as well as a few tips and things to watch out for.
Firstly and probably most importantly as we have already touched on unless you are prepared to embrace the whole experience whole heartedly don’t entertain the idea of being in Pattaya for Songkran, in fact many Expats actually leave Pattaya during the festival because they don’t wish to be a part of it.
So for those that are going to get involved the first thing to realize when we say you will get wet we mean for the entirety of your time outside of your hotel room you will be soaked the likelihood is no matter where in the city you choose to party and we will touch on later some of the best places to go, you will be soaked before you even get there, unless you’re some sort of super stealthy ninja.
The fact that you will be soaking wet all day should already tell you that your attire needs to be pretty much swimwear, or light clothing something that won’t become heavy once it gets wet, also leave your designer gear at home this festival is very hard on your attire and you will only end up ruining expensive cloths.