Tips for Surviving Songkran


  1. Great tips! We somehow didn’t realize that we would be in Thailand for Songkran until about a week ago, so we are totally unprepared! We’re currently in Nong Khai (just crossed the border from Laos), but might head down to Bangkok tomorrow. Normally New Year celebrations in Asia are a HUGE pain in the butt in terms of travel getting derailed and prices skyrocketing, but so far Songkran seems ok… but I guess we’ll see how things go two days from now. I’m grateful that we have an underwater housing for our camera, that’s for sure!

    • Alana Morgan says:

      It’s always a nice surprise to realize you’re actually in the right place at the right time by accident! I’m not sure what all is going on in Bangkok, I’ve heard Chiang Mai is by the far the biggest place for it, but I’m sure Khao San will be crazy 😉 should have info on what’s going and where to go – have fun!

  2. BlogDaz says:

    Leave your motorbike at home for Songkran, motorbikes are a favorite target, and a bucket of freezing water in the face is a big enough distraction to make the most determined rider crash.

  3. Heather says:

    I’ve wanted to participate in this festival ever since I first heard about it. Thanks for the excellent tips! Hopefully I’ll get to put them into practice the next time I’m in Thailand 🙂

  4. Angela says:

    I AM glad you came out and said, “Play nice/Don’t be a douche.” It’s the people who don’t follow these two key points who put a bad taste in my mouth about this holiday. I want to have fun but it’s impossible if you are squirting me pointblank at my boobs, eyes, ears, and mouth, or dumping big buckets of freezing water on me!

    On the flip side, I did get my first taste of Thai rum and soda after being invited by a few Thais to join them for a drink at their table on the moat sidelines 🙂 Fun times!

  5. Love Songkran, we are here in Chiang Mai for our 2nd year of Songkran. I do admit I am ready for it to be over so I can cross the street without getting wet!

  6. During Songkran, many people also wear “Mo-hom” shirt, which is traditional indigo dyeing cotton shirt from Phrae province.

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