Every year people flock to Thailand to experience the traditional Thai New Year which boasts everything from water fights to spectacular religious processions.
Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’.
In most parts of the country this is a one or two day event, however in Pattaya this stretches from around the 12th April all the way until the 19th April. Songkran in Pattaya can get a little crazy, if you don’t like getting wet, its best to leave town during this week. If you don’t mind getting wet and enjoy a good party, Pattaya is certainly the place to be.
During the Songkran festival week, wear old clothes or clothes you don’t mind get wet and dirty, place all money, phones, cameras in a plastic waterproof bag. Certain people will take great pleasure in throwing water over your new camera or phone!
Please see http://www.pattaya4leisure.com/pattayaimages.html for some pictures from Songkran in Soi LK metro Pattaya this year.
Without a doubt, Songkran is a hugely important festival to the Thai people but it’s also very popular with visitors and many tourists specifically arrange their holidays around this unique event. Anyone and everyone can and will get involved in the celebrations. If you’re out and about during Songkran, you’re almost guaranteed to end up soaked but you’ll have lots of fun in the process!
During Songkran many Thai will take holiday. as a result Pattaya 4 Leisure run a skelton serice during the 18th and 19th April, if you need a taxi around these dates book early to avoid disappointment.