Songkran in Bangkok: The biggest celebration on earth

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Songkran in Bangkok is extraordinary — one of the absolute a lot of fun events on the planet. For three days in April, people celebrate the new year by throwing water on each other, which swiftly turns into a gigantic water fight in the streets.

It’s anywhere in Bangkok, as well as nobody is safe. It might be a bit youngster getting you with a water gun — or a bit old woman in a Hawaiian tee shirt pouring a bowl of ice water down your back!

For me, Songkran began with an assault in the smart phone zone at MBK, one of Bangkok’s finest malls.

While browsing iphone covers with my good friends Rob as well as Ray, a woman behind the counter was attacked.  Out of nowhere, three people grabbed her discarded water on her as well as scrubed clay around her deal with as well as hair.  She screamed with horror as well as glee.

It hit me — if you can get Songkraned in the middle of THE electronics floor at MBK, you aren’t risk-free anywhere.

The next day, Songkran began for genuine — water was flung anywhere in every shape as well as form.  Little youngsters eyed me suspiciously before running up as well as pouring buckets on me.  Groups of Thais gathered in the back of pickup trucks, using Hawaiian tee shirts as well as armed with water guns.

I had grabbed a cab to Rob’s location to pick up the buying bags that I had left there the day before — all my new Bangkok clothes, plus my computer.  We made a decision to go back to my community by means of tuk-tuk, rather than an enclosed cab.


Being in a tuk-tuk was an invitation for the whole city to run up as well as throw water on us!  In moments, I was drenched as well as laughing.  (I was likewise praying for the security of my computer as well as thankful that I had wrapped its situation in a number of plastic bags.)

Khao San road as well as its vicinity were crawling with at least a few thousand people, all of them flinging water at each other.

Lesson learned: you do NOT want to walk around Bangkok during Songkran with buying bags.  It is NOT a great idea.

But my computer survived.

To provide you an concept of what it’s like just walking down the street, inspect out my video:

Once I got my purchases safely locked in my room, I understood it was time to join the assault — I threw on a storage tank top as well as skirt over my bathing fit as well as joined the fray in the streets.

And just then, to my excellent delight, my dear good friends Ste as well as Darren showed up!  I hadn’t seen them in a lot more than a month, as well as they had shown up just in time for the fun to begin!

Armed with hoses as well as incredibly Soakers, we terrorized the youngsters in the street, fought battles, discarded water on each other.

And this went on for three full days.

Everything blurred together.  The three of us joined a number of of my travel blog writer good friends — Adam, Mike, Poi as well as Kirsty — as well as their good friends for even a lot more Songkran debauchery.

While a lot of indoor venues are risk-free during Songkran, leave it to us to discover the bar where we might have a water fight!

I have no words to tell you exactly how indescribably fun Songkran is.  If you’re contemplating checking out Thailand as well as April, double-check your dates as well as make sure you come for the full three-day holiday!  It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced.


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