If you visit Thailand in the Spring, you’ll no doubt hear about the Songkran Festival. It’s an important cultural holiday celebrated by guests and visitors alike.
Traditionally, Thai people will politely pour a bowl of water on members of the family, their close friends and neighbors. Which is why it's known as the "water festival".
However, as Songkran has taken a more festive note, a bowl becomes a bucket, garden hose and water guns, and the spirit of holiday merriment is shared among all town residents and tourists alike.
Here are the five things you need to know for participating in the (very wet) festivities:
1. Protect Yourself – You WILL get wet! There's simply no exception to the rule. In fact, even children have fun refreshing themselves and splashing others. The best way to arm yourself is to buy a water gun or bring water containers so that you will not just take the water from participants but drench them as well.
2. Protect Your Electronics – If you wish to bring your phone or camera to capture fun moments, make sure they're in appropriate casing.
3. Avoid Big Roads – It's best to avoid driving through the inevitable traffic in the festive locations.
4. Dress Appropriately – Wear something casual and comfortable. A t-shirt and shorts are perfect for water splashing.
5. Leave Your Valuables At Home – We recommend leaving anything valuable at home. You wouldn't want them to get damaged once the activities commence.