Archive for the 'Songkran 2011' Category

Apr 14 2011

Gay Songkran: Something for the boys

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While it might not completely follow the spirit of Songkran celebration, an extra benefit of everyone getting soaked is many fine, fine gentlemen in tight, wet T-shirts. Don’t act like the thought didn’t cross your mind. Bangkok offers a Gay Songkran (ahem, wet) dream to those that want to get out and get wild. Silom … read the full post

Apr 13 2011

Songkran: Where to go in Bangkok

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Bangkok is amazing during Songkran. As millions migrate back to their hometowns, the Thai capital is freed from its choking coil of traffic and can become downright bucolic. While this temporary desertion can make getting a cab or tuk tuk a bit of a challenge, the buses and trains are still running (time to invest … read the full post

Apr 12 2011

Songkran: Lesser known traditions

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For the past few days we’ve written a lot about what to expect during this infamous Songkran holiday. The water and chalk, the washing of the Buddha, the nationwide merriment. But there are a few lesser publicized traditions that happen over these three days which add  a little context Songkran. So let’s prematurely explain some … read the full post

Apr 11 2011

Songkran: What happens at the wat?

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Brazenly spraying small children with water guns and getting attacked by old people with garden hoses is all fun and games, but what’s really going on here? It’s time to head to the wat for some answers. At the wat, you are going to find tons of people making merit. Making merit is the concept … read the full post

Apr 10 2011

Songkran in Phuket

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With the recent torrential downpours experienced across much of the South of Thailand you’d think the Phuketian Thais would’ve had enough drenching to last a lifetime. Apparently this is not the case… The dangerous Songkran water festival is responsible for upping the road toll once every 12 months as the Thais drunkenly celebrate the start … read the full post

Apr 10 2011

Songkran: What’s with the water and chalk?

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Songkran is the welcoming of the new year, which is celebrated in the last period during which farming is dormant before the rains come. Traditional songkran celebrations focus on the renewal of the earth and the home. Wats, homes and Buddhist statues are cleaned. Often, the statues are removed from their wats and paraded around … read the full post

Apr 09 2011

Songkran: How to Avoid It

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Welcoming the New Year with a gigantic water fight might seem like the best idea ever, but sometimes our inner curmudgeon says “get off my lawn, you meddling kids” with nary a trace of a smile. What to do? It’s time to avoid. Unfortunately, in Thailand, if you want to avoid Songkran it’s going to … read the full post

Apr 08 2011

Songkran: Overnight Trips from Bangkok

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Have you had just about enough of Bangkok, thank you very much, with its devil may care attitude and many, many dousing/powderings in celebration of good luck and the new year? A last minute change of scene might be just what you need to truthfully say saawadii pii mai! No really, grab that rain poncho … read the full post

Apr 07 2011

Songkran: How to stay safe

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The unfortunate side to any holiday is that the line between fun and danger can be blurred in the blink of an eye. If you keep your wits about you and make smart decisions there is no reason for Songkran to be anything but an absolute blast. Merely remembering mother’s advice and using common sense … read the full post

Apr 06 2011

Songkran: How to prepare

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Songkran is the arguably the biggest party of the year in Thailand- it’s New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July/Guy Fawkes Day/Canada Day/Australia Day, and the last day of elementary school, all rolled into one huge week. Songkran was traditionally the time when Thais poured water on statues of Buddha to refresh and clean them, … read the full post

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