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Songkran 2019 – Thai New Year

The Thai New Year water pageant!

Desirous about travelling to Thailand for Songkran 2019, the Thai New Year pageant? It’s a great time to go to Thailand and you’re positive to have a ball where ever you go for the Thailand water pageant. We love being part of the Thai New Year festivities and there are many locations you’ll be able to go to experience this superb pageant. See under for instructed activities in numerous places around Thailand.

Songkran in Thailand is mad, wet fun in all places you go

There are a number of alternative ways you’ll be able to select to take Songkran in Thailand. You is usually a complete coward and keep away from it, but you’d be missing out on one of the incredible and naturally fun-loving festivals on the planet. You would try to stay indoors and watch via the windows – we tried this in Chiang Rai one yr and someone came inside the bar to get us with a hose! Or you’ll be able to just get ready, get water-proof and throw yourself into the enjoyable with everyone else. You will always remember Songkran in Thailand, so don’t attempt to keep away from it. See our survival ideas on the bottom of this web page.

When is Songkran 2019?

Like the Chinese New Year, Thai New Year was once a movable feast depending on the Thai lunar calendar, but to make it easier for tourists to plan a go to for Songkran in Thailand, it was made a hard and fast date. So in 2019, the Thai New Year pageant begins on Saturday 13 April and runs by means of to Tuesday 16 April. Don’t imagine that issues decelerate after the primary day or two … the Thais like to rejoice and especially at New Year. Anticipate festivities in some places to go on proper via to 22 April!

songkran 2019 pattayaMahasongkran is a day in Songkran to go to your local temple and make offerings

The primary day of Songkran, Thai New Year’s Eve, is known as “Mahasongkran” and is often devoted to spiritual events and family get-togethers. The second day, which is New Year’s Day is known as “Wan Nao” and lots of Thais will visit their native temples to help cleanse the Buddha statues and pray. The third day is known as “Wan Thaloeng Sok” and that’s when the street festivities really get underneath method.

What is the Thailand water pageant?

Enjoy Songkran 2019 in Wan Thaloeng Sok in ThailandAn amazing Songkran photograph from an elephant farm in Chiang Mai by Haakon Olaisen

Songkran, Thailand water pageant, is the Thai New Year and is a pageant celebrating a clear, new begin to the brand new yr. Buddhists in Thailand rejoice this necessary time in the Thai lunar calendar by going to the temple and splashing water on the statues of the Buddha to pay their respects and cleanse the deities for the coming yr. It’s also a time when Thai households clean their houses up from prime to bottom to get them ready for the subsequent yr. If you wish to wish Thai individuals a cheerful New Year during Songkran, simply say “Suk San Wan Songkran”.

How you can get to Songkran

Find the most cost effective flights to Bangkok for Songkran on TripAdvisor Flights. Getting around inside Thailand could be very low cost, so once you’re there you possibly can guide low value onward flights, bus tickets or practice tickets to get to the most effective spots to take pleasure in Songkran.

The place to rejoice Songkran?

It actually doesn’t matter the place you’re in Thailand at Songkran, because the Thai water pageant will discover you. We’ve been driving up apparently abandoned roads approach out in the North right now of yr, considering it was protected and dry, only to have a bit kid run out of nowhere with an enormous grin and throw a cup of water at us. It’s in all places. However there are locations where it’s celebrated more “vigorously” than elsewhere in Thailand.

Songkran in Chiang Mai

Songkran - Thai New Year 2019You don’t have to search for Songkran in Chiang Mai, it’ll find you! Photograph by Jen Allyn.

Chiang Mai  has maybe the most important official Thailand water pageant parade, when the statues are introduced out of the temples and paraded by way of the streets to have fun this auspicious time within the Thai lunar calendar. You possibly can be a part of in this parade by gently pouring water over the arms and legs of the Buddha, however achieve this respectfully and don’t pour it on the top of the Buddha. One cause why Chiang Mai in all probability celebrates Songkran extra vigorously than different locations in Thailand is that many people from Chiang Mai go off to work in Bangkok and other cities, so this can be a probability to return house and have fun with their pals and households. A whole lot of Thais also travel to Chiang Mai just to be part of the celebrations there, so ebook early to keep away from disappointment.

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Songkran in Pattaya

Songkran 2019 fun in Pattaya ThailandVacationers, expats and locals all be a part of within the fun of Songkran 2019 in Phuket. Photograph by Oleg Blazhyievskyi.

Downtown Pattaya gets into the spirit of Thai New Year fairly shortly, because of the number of overseas tourists there who need to participate. However remember that Patttaya region has particular dates when “water sprinkling” is widely known in every location. If you wish to comply with the water pageant around Pattaya, get your self to Bang Saen Seashore in Chonburi for 16-17 of April, Sriracha on 16th-17th, Naklua on the 18th, Pattaya on the 19th and Sattahip on the 20th. In Naklua you possibly can catch a Thailand water pageant road parade on 18th April with monks and idols, beginning in Lan Lo Park and following Sawang Fah Street to Sawang Boriboon Basis earlier than turning round and heading back to Lan Lo Park. The next day there’s one other, shorter parade beginning at 10 am on the Chaimongkol Temple and heading down South Street to the walking road, before turning again and returning to the temple about noon. Down on the seashore at Naklua there’s markets and food stalls from 8am to 8pm.

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Songkran in Phuket

Thai New Year 2019 in Phuket and PatongSongkran in Phuket in 2019 might be occurring principally near Patong Seashore. Photograph by Thirsty Swagman.

Songkran in Phuket starts like some other day, but by the center of the 13th of April the streets are lined with individuals and there are utilities cruising around loaded with individuals and water to splash over passers-by and anyone courageous enough to venture onto the streets. It’s a hoot! Bangla Street is the place to be for plenty of screaming and jostling and loud music and playful water fights. But there’s also going to be plenty of moist enjoyable occurring in Phuket Town and in Kata and Karon seashore areas. Like I’ve stated earlier than, you don’t should go in search of Songkran in Thailand, it’ll find you! Patong seashore entrance is the place to be from 13-15 April because that’s the place the crowds are thickest and the fun is in full swing. There shall be all types of additional activities just for Songkran including a procession of the Phra Buddha Sihing across the streets close to Patong Seashore, the Little Miss Patong beauty pageant, a parade of flowers, numerous artwork exhibits and, in fact, a lot of water being splashed around in all places.

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Songkran in Phetchaburi

Songkran Queen beauty festival in Phetchaburi ThailandSongkran Queen beauty pageant in Phetchaburi Thailand

Phetchaburi celebrates Songkran with a Queen Songkran pageant alongside Khao Phod Street. This is considered one of many such beauty festivals held around Thailand in the course of the Songkran pageant. Be sure that to attempt the native speciality dish of Khao Chae, or rice service in iced water, often solely provided during Songkran pageant.

Phetchaburi is just 2.5 hours from Bankgkok by practice ($20) or less than two hours by taxi ($40).

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Songkran in Chiang Saen (Golden Triangle)

Songkran in Chiang Saen, Golden Triangle, happens down by the Mekong riverSongkran in Chiang Saen, Golden Triangle, happens down by the Mekong river

Amphoe Chiang Saen holds a unbelievable pageant of flowers at Thai New Year full with dragon boat races.

For those who happen to be staying on the Anantara Golden Triangle resort you’ll get to participate in the drum and road parades around the grounds of the resort, get a special Songkran blessing from a monk, go to an area temple for a Songkran presentation of a sand pagoda and have a standard Khantoke fashion dinner.

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Songkran in Chiang Rai

A river is turned into a swimming pool for Songkran in Chiang MaiA river is become a swimming pool for Songkran in Chiang Mai

Songkran in Chiang Rai is a superb opportunity to hitch in with the Thai individuals in the water enjoyable. Simply get right down to Jet Yod Street and be a part of any one of the bar crews who will give you buckets, water pistols or what ever. There’s stay music, particularly from Sam’s Cat Bar where the large jungle drum might be on the street setting the beat. Or get out of town and see how Songkran is widely known within the countryside.

On Songkran Day, rise up early in the morning to observe and food and every day needs being provided to the monks at the temples. Return to the temple at noon to witness an providing of blessed water and the altering of the Buddha’s robes. In the afternoon you possibly can watch the image of the Buddha paraded by means of the streets and see the Miss Songkran beauty pageant parade. Within the night there are stay music performances and the judging of Miss Songkran.

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Songkran in Hua Hin

Give your kids a treat at the Songkran foam party in Hua HinGive your youngsters a deal with at the Songkran foam get together in Hua Hin

Songkran in Hua Hin could be very busy because it’s the closest seashore location to Bangkok and a terrific place to rejoice the Thai New Year. However be prepared to get very, very wet as a result of the water pageant is widely known with nice gusto in Hua Hin and even p0lice officers aren’t spared a drenching – take a look at their waterproof radios and gun holsters! Hua Hin is another place the place you’ll find plenty of individuals placing talcum powder on their faces throughout Songkran and there’s additionally a fantastic foam social gathering within the streets where your youngsters could have an absolute ball.

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Songkran in Bangkok

Celebrating Songkran in Bangkok with elephants!Celebrating Songkran in Bangkok with elephants!

Songkran is far more enjoyable if you will get out of bustling Bangkok into the regional cities and towns, but in case you are stuck in Bangkok during Songkran 2019, there’s one place to go the place you’ll be able to expertise the fun they’re having outdoors Bangkok … Nakaphirom Park by the Chao Phraya River hosts parts of Songkran for the 4 main regional areas of Thailand every night time through the Songkran pageant (10-16 April).

It’s value understanding that loads of businesses shut down in Bangkok throughout Songkran week and the entire inside metropolis becomes a little bit of a party precinct. Khao San Street, in fact, simply buzzes throughout Songkran so if you want to be in the midst of every little thing that’s occurring, take a look at our information to staying in Khao San Street.

In case you’d want to see the action of Songkran 2019 in Bangkok but stay dry (oh come on, have a little bit of fun!), you would all the time grab your self a viewing spot up on one of many BTS Skytrain overpasses around Silom the place you’ll get an excellent view and hopefully get in and out with out getting soaked.

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What should I anticipate at Songkran 2019?

Nicely, to begin with that is the Thailand water pageant so you need to anticipate to get very, very moist! Thai New Year occurs in just about the most well liked part of the yr, so getting wet is part of the enjoyable. Songkran is a water pageant, so the Thai individuals can be trying to throw, spray, splash or drop water on anyone and everyone who comes inside their attain. This often comes in the type of crowds of people with buckets, hoses and water weapons spraying passers-by, but it could actually also come within the form of ute-loads of fun-loving individuals with a 44 gallon drum of water, driving around and catching individuals unexpectedly. Nevertheless it’s all enjoyable and getting moist brings you good luck for the subsequent yr!

Thai New Year 2015 is a time to get very wetAnticipate to get very, very moist in Thailand during Songkran 2019

The water throwing is just presupposed to be on the first few days of New Year, however individuals get carried away and in some places you’ll discover it happens for 5-6 days. In Chiang Mai, the locals say that a lot water will get thrown throughout Songkran it is virtually inevitable that rain and storms will happen in the previous few days of the pageant, just from all the evaporation off the streets! Secondly, you possibly can anticipate that lots of public locations will probably be closed during this period, as a result of the Thai individuals get a five-day holiday to go residence and visit their relations. Nevertheless it also means a lot more Thai individuals are out on the streets having fun and it’s a great time to satisfy the individuals out of their work setting and see how they play. Expats working in Thailand also get the five-day vacation, so that you’ll see much more of them out on the streets too! Thirdly, anticipate lots of people to be very drunk. One of the methods Thais wish to rejoice Songkran is by consuming plenty of alcohol, typically starting early in the day and not stopping till nicely after darkish.

Streets are very crowded in Bangkok during Thai New YearAnticipated common locations to be rather more crowded throughout Songkran 2019 in Thailand

Fourthly, anticipate places to be much more crowded. In addition to all of the Thais and expats out on the streets celebrating the five-day vacation, Thailand gets much more vacationers presently of yr. So be certain that to guide ahead for accommodation! Lastly, don’t get upset. Though the water throwing is supposed to finish at nightfall, there’ll all the time be people who will keep on after dark (typically drunk vacationers), wetting anyone they see even you say no or are dressed up for dinner. Simply avoid RVs with numerous individuals within the back and groups of young individuals on the streets.

A Thai New Year tradition to cover yourself in chalkDin Noticed Phong is the tradition of masking your self with chalk for Songkran in Thailand

PS: There’s a bit of a practice related to the Thailand water pageant that you could be or might not encounter. Many Thai individuals wipe mushy chalk powder (“Din Saw Phong”) on their faces and bodies. Some will supply to do it for you too. However don’t be tempted to assist them apply their powder as touching others without permission is dangerous manners.

Tricks to survive Songkran in Thailand

Be nice to the kids at Songkran 2019Above all else, have enjoyable at Songkran 2019 in Thailand and be nice to the youngsters!

  • Watch what you’re doing with water. It’d appear to be nice enjoyable to throw a bucket of water over a passing scooter rider, nevertheless it might knock them over and cause critical damage. Also, if the rider is dressed properly, they are in all probability on their solution to work. In the event that they maintain up their hand, please respect that they don’t need to get moist.
  • Don’t throw or shoot water at monks, previous individuals or babies. That is thought-about very dangerous type and is more likely to get individuals indignant with you.
  • If you wish to take pictures or videos, that’s perfectly high quality and plenty of individuals will pose for you. However wrap your cameras in plastic so they’re waterproof. Also put your cell phone, wallet and passport in a plastic bag too.
  • Watch how you gown! It is best to anticipate to get moist … in all probability soaked to the pores and skin. Women, in case you are sporting mild, thin blouses they may in all probability grow to be see-through once moist and the younger, drunk Thai guys who not often see that type of thing might offer you a lot more attention than you assume. Also, take a change of dry garments and a towel in a plastic bag in case you sick of being completely wet.
  • If you wish to get away from the water for a bit and dry out, just head into any bar or restaurant. But don’t sit close to the door or window, as you’ll nonetheless be a target.
  • KEEP SMILING and retain a great sense of humour, as a result of even if you’re sick and uninterested in being moist, there’ll be another person waiting with a bucket of chilly water to “bless” you!
  • Come again to this page typically as the date will get nearer – we’ll be updating it recurrently with plenty of recommendations on specific locations and ways to take pleasure in Songkran 2019.