Songkran is one of the most important holidays in the Buddhist Calendar. It marks the start of the year and Thailand celebrates it for one week.
Thai celebrates Songkran by splashing water on the streets and putting white talc powder on body parts.
If you plan to go to Thailand in April, then avoid arriving or departing on April 13th-19th as you will not be spared. No one cares if you are carrying your luggage. No one cares if you are carrying a laptop or a phone. No one cares if you showed them how angry you are, you will just become a favorite target.
What they have, are a very particular set of skills. Skills they’ve acquired over a very long career. Skills that make them a nightmare for people like you. They don’t know who you are, but they will look for you. They will find you and they will splash water on you.
So if you can’t beat them, just join them! And you will feel like a child again 😀
1)Choose your Weapon
It’s a war out there and you should be able to defend yourself. You will encounter water hose, big water guns, fire truck hose (yes, the government will fuck you too), and buckets of cold water.
The favorite choices are the water guns since you can load them with water and you can last for a couple of minutes before refilling it again. It’s portable and easy to use. You can strap it on your body with a beer on one hand and shoot someone on the other. Nowadays, Thai have this great idea of splashing freezing cold water because the usual tap water bored them. You can get it anywhere (sometimes it’s free, sometimes you have to pay) and it will surely make your enemies cringe.
Beware of White Talc powder, people will put in on your face and it will block your eyes. Also, Thai have this great idea again of putting something in it, sometimes it will be really cold on the skin or it feels hot. I don’t know what they’re putting in it. My guess is tiger balm or some chili.
If being soaked in cold water for a couple of hours makes you uneasy but you still want to experience the fun, then worry not. You can buy a raincoat anywhere and your face will just be the target, your back will be protected.
Buy a waterproof phone case to protect your phone and money. You can buy in anywhere before or during Songkran.
Wear goggles or glasses to protect your eyes.
3)Prevention is better than Cure
Load up with vitamins. If your immune system is weak, then I do suggest to not join or go out.
Think about this, you will be soaked in water for hours. Not just water but cold water.
4)You can’t hide
The only way to hide is by staying in your hotel room. The minute you step out, you are a target.
Tuktuk, bus, taxi and other means of transportation is soaking wet too. We went home riding a bus and everyone is still splashing water on us, WHILE WE ARE INSIDE THE BUS.
If you lock the door on a taxi, you will be safe. But the roads are so crowded that your taxi won’t be able to move to go to the main event anyway, so you won’t see a lot. The moment you open your door or just a little crack in your window, say hi to the ice bucket challenge.
And if you are a foreigner, you are a favorite target.
You are in Khaosan road, freezing and soaking wet. If you want to home, you can just easily ride a taxi and go back home right? WRONG!
It’s the point of no return. The place is so crowded that it’s so difficult to go to the main road to get a bus or taxi.
You’ll spend another hour walking just getting to the main road. This means another hour of cold splashing water while you are worn out. So I suggest staying near the main road. This means that you should not be tempted by loud music in the heart of the street or line of people dancing encouraging you to go with them. Your choice 😛
It’s New Year and there’s party everywhere. It’s time to get wet and get wild!