Songkran – The World’s Biggest Water Fight!
It just so happens, that the biggest festival in Thailand, and the world’s biggest water fight, Songkran, just happens to fall on MY birthday! They say things can only get better – Well they do, every birthday for me, just keep getting better! Songkran, celebrated on the 12 – 15th April, is the celebration of the Thai New Year, is otherwise known as the “Thai water festival”, one absolutely massive water fight which happens over the entire country! Coinciding with the traditional start of the new harvest, and astrologically timed with the first sign of the stars Aries, the word “Songkran” is Sanskrit for Samkranti which means “astrological passage” translated as transformation change. Out with the old, in with the new. A symbolic way to reflect this with water throwing, washing the old away, and welcoming the new.
We celebrated Songkran in Phuket in two ways – We visited Phuket Town, at Saphan Hin Park, where the local Thai’s celebrate Songkran, as well as Bangla Road, which is one massive party for Thai’s, or tourists, or anyone and everyone that makes their way in to Bangla Road, for what is the biggest party I have ever been to! Thailand has days and days of water throwing festivities, with each city celebrating slightly different dates, so have a check online for which dates you will be celebrating.
Siphon Hin Park, was an experience! The most entertaining part was our 1 hour car ride there, having the opportunity to see that ALL of Phuket, was celebrating. Every road was covered in locals outside their houses, or shops with bucket loads of water throwing them on the cars, or bike riders that passed by. Buckets, pans, and hoses all being used as weapons of distruction! Not only this, but there is also truck loads of people on every street packed in the back of the utes, with buckets, water guns, barrels of water, throwing the water back off the trucks. It was absolutely insane! Siphon Park was covered in food market stalls, more water fighting, and bands/ entertainment later on in the day (though we only hung around for the water fights). The trip back to Patong, we were in the back of an open taxi, so we were absolutely slammed with water by the time we arrived back!
Bangla Road, in Patong, Phuket – Was 100% the most insane party I have ever seen! People of all ages out with water guns in hands. Little Thai kids being nearly crumpled, as adults in childlike trances trample by shooting you in the eye, then laughing hysterically. There is absolutely no rules – Shoot and get shot. Absolutely everyone throwing or shooting water, as well as people wiping powder on your face, as a blessing for the new year. Bangla Road, lined with bars, all covered in plastic sheeting to avoid water damage – Though I can only imagine, it would be days before the water really dries out! DJ’s covered in plastic sheeting! I am more than surprised nobody got electrocuted! What a perfect festival – Songkran, the world’s biggest water fight!
This is an absolute must do! If we are not in Thailand next April, I will be heading back just for this no doubt!
Tips & Tricks
– DO NOT leave the house in any clothes you don’t want to get wet/ ruined
– Wear protective clothing! This includes a water gun, as big as you can find. Plus protective eye glasses or goggles. The eye shots hurt!
– The best purchase you can make is clear waterproof bag (sold everywhere), just big enough to put your phone and money in, to avoid anything getting drenched.
– Everything WILL get drenched
– Fill up stations can be found on most street corners, 10 Baht, to refill your water gun
– Be prepared: Water will be tipped over your head, down your back, squirted in your eyes, ears, and mouth.
– Enjoy – This is the best party ever, you will not regret a thing!