Songkran: Great or Greatest Festival?

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Songkran, one of the best festivals around, descends on Thailand on the dates of April 13th, 14th, and 15th of this year. Songkran is the Thai New Year, marking the end of the dry season with a 3-day water fight all across the country. Basically, Songkran is the greatest. Here’s what you need to know to join in the celebration:

What you need

All you need for a great time at Songkran is a bucket or water gun, a well-protected camera, and clothes you don’t mind getting ruined. The country’s conservative dress code still applies – it’s not like this is an excuse for a wet t-shirt contest or running through the streets in swimwear. Or if it becomes one, the Ministry of Culture usually has a field day with it.

Where you should go

You really can’t go wrong, since people will be chucking water on every street, but if you’re in Bangkok, the main hot spots are Khao San Road, Silom Road, Banglamphu and under the Rama 8 bridge.

What you should know

The high safety standards of Thailand remain during Songkran, but don’t bring anything you can’t stuff in your bra, since you’ll be out and most likely drunk for most of the day. One thing I was surprised by was that in addition to throwing water, people will also wipe talc on other people’s faces (I did not react well the first time this happened to me). It’s just another part of the fun, though!

Just embrace the fact that you’ll be soaking wet within minutes of stepping outside and you’re good to go!

What’s your favorite thing about Songkran?

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Maureen always knew she wanted to travel. In college, she studied and traveled through the Caribbean and Central America, and the first time she fell in love was with Mexico City. After graduating, she spent several years teaching EFL in Europe, the Americas and Southeast Asia and traveling in every spare moment. She's currently living in Hong Kong, and getting lost while traveling is her main hobby.

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