Good Morning everyone, as the Thai New Year approaches, we sure hope you are ready for a great adventure, because there is no escape.
For those of you who are in the country from April 13th to 15th, you are in for a treat. For those who will be missing out this year, be sure to visit us next year!
Songkran Festival is the Thai New Years, this is a holiday in which families “tum-boon” or “to make merit” together at their local Buddhist temples, offering food to the monks as well as pouring blessed fragrant water is also over the image of Buddha for cleansing. In the central region it is often for the locals to “bring sand into temples” to be used for construction or renovation, some people may also prefer release birds/fish/ turtles or eels into the “wild”.
More importantly, it is a time in which the younglings pay respect to their elders by the pouring of these fragrant water into the elders’ palms as a gesture of humility. In return the elders will provide blessings to the young Thais.
Traditionally, pouring water (gently) over one’s shoulders is not only a way to replenish April’s summer blaze, but it was believed that it would wash away the sins and bad luck.
Today, modernity has turned the traditional friendly splashes into a frenzy of water fights. Although it may not uphold the full authenticity of the traditions, but a national festival like this, still upholds the culture and brings together the Thai people as one.
If you are up for it, here are some information of where to participate in the “war zones” of Bangkok.
- Khao Sarn Road
An instant classic, but it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, yes, the infamous Khao Sarn Road. Enjoy the bars, the drinks, music through huge stereos and people who are ready to get drenched in war.
- Sala Daeng/ Silom
The most notorious of the battlefields in Bangkok. It is the wildest party area which covers 5km of quality of Patpong (one of Bangkok’s redlight district) street water fight. Your safe zones are most likely to be on the BTS sky walk which runs above the street.
If you are happen to be in Chiang Mai, Phuket or other cities of Thailand. Please know that your dryness will be at stake as this is a national wide phenomenon. You are extremely likely to be graced with talcum powder, din sor pong(powdered marl, a rock rich in lime stone) and heavy splashes of water on every street of the city area.
Traveling by Tuks Tuks or Motorcycle taxis are a guarantee for getting splashed, especially in traffic jams.
We advise you to look out for waterproof pouches that you can hang around your neck for your valuables, even with goggles if you prefer and join in on some real local fun.
Be sure to have your water-fueled weapons lock and loaded, don’t worry, everywhere you go you will be able to find the necessary tools for Songkran.
Have fun out there and stay safe!
From all of us at Chao Hostel
Sook San Wun Songkran krub! (Happy Songkran Day!)
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