Songkran Festival in Thailand



Feeling the blazing heat are you! Then by taking part in the Songkran festival, it could just cool you down a bit. That's if you're lucky enough not to get completely soaking wet in the process. It has to be the most chaotic and raucous festival held during the month of April, one of Thailand's hottest months.

What could possibly be better than to have some total stranger walk right up to you and intentionally shoot you with a water-pistol or even better still.... Throw a whole bucket of water over you. Are you feeling better already? Well! Maybe not quite.

Love it or loath it. Whatever you may think, it's best not to get too livid. Thai people don't do the anger thing very well. You may have to get accustomed to it. Explore it from a different angle.

This is the perfect relief needed from the day's intense heat. The alternative would be to stay hidden away in your hotel room for the three-day nationwide festival, but that can't be fun. Wandering around the streets of Thailand can very easily get extremely hot. 


Feeling the Heat in Pattaya


Now I believe most of you (that is to say most foreigners) will more than likely be spending your Thailand vacation during the holiday season around Christmas and New Year. I am referring mainly to western New year that is, but for some of you taking a vacation during the hot season between April and July, it can get ridiculously hot here. So a water festival could be the answer.

Songkran is a public holiday that, in the past, was traditionally Thailand's New Year, until royal decree decided to shift the official New Year to 1st January. It closely resembles that of the Indian festival of Holi which occurs at roughly the same time. In Thailand, it's a festival whereby normally placid Thai's let off steam. They do this by throwing water around as a symbolic form of cleansing.


Feeling the Heat in Bangkok


The central occurrence surrounding this festival is the sprinkling of water on one's friends to bless them, but this usually turns into a boisterous throwing of buckets of water on unsuspecting people passing by. However, young Thai's pay respect to their elders as well as monks by sprinkling their hands with water and in some cases use perfumed talcum powder.


Feeling the Heat of Songkran

You may also like these Thailand festivals 

Loi Krathong Festival

Phuket Festival


Return from Songkran Festival to Thailand Festivals




Booking.com


Please note that this post contains some affiliate links which means I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you should purchase after clicking through my blog. Also remember that I never promote any products or services here unless I've used and loved them myself.

Your host Grahame (Yep! that's me) from Luxury Thailand Travel says he'd really appreciate your kind support. Simply take your next tour by selecting any one of the many excursions listed on the left side of this page. Here's wishing you a safe trip and a happy and exciting holiday.


Booking.com



E-mail Address
First Name
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Thailand Travel Lovers.


Recent Articles

  1. Bangkok City of Angels

    May 23, 18 08:23 AM

    There's no fallacy as to how Bangkok City of Angels got its name. Only fantasy. And while some westerners arrive in Thailand to soak up the sun on the beaches, many more foreign men flock to the capit…

    Read More

  2. Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand

    May 17, 18 01:12 PM

    The Khao Sok National Park and wildlife sanctuary forms the largest and most dramatic tract of virgin rain forest in southern Thailand offering you some of the best hiking trails.

    Read More

  3. Bangkok Dinner Cruise

    Apr 27, 18 11:50 AM

    What better way to see the brighter side of the city than with a Bangkok Dinner Cruise. You'll be utterly astounded as you sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular sights that abound in all direction…

    Read More


Touristlink Certification Badge

Free Web Submission



Booking.com