Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!

Feeling extra warm? Well, it IS summer in Thailand! And as a kick off to summer, we’re celebrating Songkran. Our Thai New Year’s festival is celebrated from the 13th – 15th of April every year.

Traditions

For most Thais the festival starts off with merit-making in the morning by visiting temples and making offerings to Buddhist monks. Specifically, with Songkran, schools, homes, and offices will have Buddha statues out with bowls of holy water. As part of the ritual, we pour the water over the statue’s shoulder as a sign of washing away last year’s sins and bad luck.

Most Thai festivals involve water as we believe that water represents life. We use it to welcome the new year as well as wash away unpleasant events of last year. You could almost say that Thai people are tied to water since we are traditionally an agricultural country.

Water Fights!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the biggest water fights or party that happens in Thailand. This is during Songkran! In Bangkok, the most active party areas are Khao San Road and Silom Road. Both are closed during these times for a day full adrenaline rushing fun. Don’t miss out – bring your water guns, dress to get drenched and be prepared for an experience of a life time!

Don’t be surprised as well, if locals come up to put white fragrant paste on your face. The paste made from mixing water with a special white clay is called “din sor pong”. It is used during this time to spread luck and prosperity (Its also supposed to be great for your skin!).

How to Get There

Its best to take a taxi to Khao San and Silom road, as you’ll be drenched on your way back! However, Silom road is within walkable distance from Chong Nonsi BTS station, just a few minutes from the National Stadium station by Chao Hostel.


Staying Safe

Celebrations for Songkran can be exhilarating, but do keep in mind that it can get very crowded. Be sure to stick with your group, keep your belongings close, and be mindful of the atmosphere around you.

Happy Songkran!

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