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Well it is here LOVE it or HATE it Songkran 2019 Starts today, Songkran in Thailand has to be the biggest new year celebrations in the world ??? Let The water fights begin ???
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April 13th __ 15th is the traditional New year in Thailand this is the time for Songkran Festival the biggest and best new year celebrations. The Songkran festival is celebrated without any reservations in Thailand, it is the party of all parties it is one huge party like you have ever seen before the drinks flow freely every where you go you will see people enjoying and partying all inhibitions are lost and the joyful spirts rise as does the tempo and volume of the music believe it or not the worlds biggest street party brings Thailand as a nation to a standstill, if you have never experienced Thailand Biggest party mark it on your calendar for visit to Thailand in 2020.
The tradition at Songkran is to show respect to your elder’s by dabbing a little scented water on the back side of their hands or kneeling before them and pouring water on there feet, Many Thai people will visit Temples to show respect to those who have passed away, the traditional Thai Songkran festival is all about respect to your elders and the Thai Royalty,
After living in Thailand for nearly 24 years i have been lucky enough to have experienced the traditional Songkran traditions in many of the Thai provinces and Thai villages, Thai People are even more polite and courteous and defantly more generous as they are happy to share what ever they have even with complete strangers Amazing Thailand the Land Of Smiles, Now then things change when you get to the major cities where the Songkran festivals have grown into epic street Parties Thailand Capital City Bangkok will grind to a complete stop for 2 days,
the tropical islands of Phuket and Koh Samui will celebrate for between 1 to 2 days there area varying days that different provinces will celebrate and most will celebrate for 1 or 2 days except for the area that I have laid my roots Pattaya City as you would expect with the Capital party city of the world Pattaya will celebrate ever day from the 13th to the 19 April, as a independent Pattaya property broker Real Estate Specialists Thailand R.E.S.T will be open every day of the year except 18th and 19th of April as the Street parties mean it is impossible to drive around, and to be honest all Real Estate Specialists Thailand staff enjoy a good party So Pattaya property for sale and rent can wait for a couple of days LETS PARTY ??
What to expect during Thailand’s Songkran Festivities?
Besides lots of merriment and celebrating you are going to see the biggest water fight you have ever seen, all roadways, highways and street’s become one big procession of motor vehicles of all description the main one is the Pick up trucks and wagons loaded with any container people can find to fill with water even seen people cover the bed of the pickup with thick plastic sheet and fill the entire pickup bed with water then drive around soaking as many people as possible,
Everywhere you look you will see revelers with water pistols, water cannon’s, buckets basically any thing that can be used to throw water at passing people trucks cars and don’t think you are safe on a motorbike you are just a moving target to aim water containers at,
Seriously on the streets of Pattaya nobody is exempt from a soaking even the police trying to direct traffic will get soaked
As in Thai Massages Beware of the hidden extras.
Songkran is celebrated in goodwill you are likely to get a shock or two some of the things to look out for on the Pattaya streets.
- Ice cold water you will already be soaked if you have left your Pattaya home, but be ware as there are many people who will have large plastic drums filled with water and for extra fun will have large ice blocks in the drums, so when you get a bucket of Ice cold water over your head is a bit of a surprise,
- Another thing people like to do is rub mentholated talc in usually mixed with water into your face if this get in your eyes it stings like crazy,
- High powered water cannons even the Thai government have banned the use of these as they are very dangerous water jet hits you in the eye.
- Chalk paste as with the Talc mixed with water then smeared around your face and any bare skin again stings if gets in your eyes.
- No mercy for anyone Thais and foreigners alike are instant on blessing you with chalk paste or Talc
On the streets of Pattaya and Jomtien people like to get a reaction to freezing water, which is all good fun but choses you victims wisely, not pregnant ladies not older people and defiantly not a 6 foot 4 muscle man believe me that freezing is a massive shock to the system.
So you have decided to join the fun in Bangkok or Pattaya Now prepare yourself.
Thailand’s Songkran festivals are great fun if you know what to expect and you prepare yourself to be a willing participant, here are a few tips or you could say rules of war for Songkran.
(1) If you are a smoker keep the cigarettes in a plastic bag or you will find you will be buying packets of cigarettes all day cost you a fortune LOL keep all your valuables and anything that gets damaged by water in secure plastic airtight bags, You can buy these on very street corner or seven eleven stores buy in advance
(2) Leave your gold and jewelry at home, a drunken a party goer is a easy target for opportunist thieves in the throbbing crowds,
(3)Avoid using motorcycle over exuberant revelers will see you as prim target.
(4)Your mobile device or camera not water proof buy one of the secure zip lock plastic bags from Seven Eleven, if you have to use your seek a spot that you will not get soaked ( you will find it hard it find a dry patch?)just because you are using your mobile phone does not mean someone will not put a bucket of water over your head.
(5)Keep smiling and do not loose your temper certain things may become annoying to you just remember 90 % of the people around you will be drunk tempers can flare remember Thailand the land of Smiles.
Remember it is Thai anew Year the tradition is to pour water over the hands or shoulders you can accompany this by saying Sa Wat Dee Pii Mai “Happy New Year”, or Suksan Wan Songkran “Happy Songkran Day”. Polite and courteous.
Songkran is amazing for children just think back to your childhood how good you felt with your water pistol in hand, I have a 12 year old son and to see how happy he is throwing water at people and getting water thrown at him is one of the joys of the year living in Pattaya, join in with the children buy a water pistol and not to for get your Songkran shirts loud and colorful one would never thing about wearing again
Avoiding Songkran some do;;;
Most people in Pattaya City or Bangkok will like to participate in the water festival at least once, if you would rather not join in he best thing to do is stay with in your Pattaya hotel grounds, if you are living in a Pattaya condominium, living in a Pattaya house or living in a Pattaya apartment make sure you stock up he food cupboard and drinks cabinet beforehand as once you leave your Pattaya home or Pattaya hotel you are a target.
Travel before Songkran starts.
If you are not joining in with the Songkran festival and you are planning on a road trip travel before Songkran starts otherwise will for sure find yourself stuck in grid locked traffic, the roads are dangerous at this time of year Hundreds inured and over 500 hundred dead in accidents last year so avoid driving if at all possible.
Regional Songkran Days.
Although New Year’s Day in Thailand falls on the 13th of April the Songkran celebrations may go on for a week or more. Districts and sub districts throughout Thailand will celebrate Songkran on different days, remember this when planning ahead. Our great city of Pattaya celebrates and parties the hardest from the 12th to the 19 th none stop,
I hope you have enjoyed this blog, Remember Songkran in Thailand anywhere Koh Samui Phuket Bangkok Chang Mai Pattaya is fun like you have never experienced enjoy it drink be merry and happy but please Don’t become a Songkran fatality statistic take extra special care on the roads.
If you require any information on dates times where to go where not to go?and do For Songkran in Pattaya or Jomtien beach feel free to contact Real Estate Specialists Thailand
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Barry J Hayles 12 April 2019