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Kanchanaburi to Bangkok during Songkran

  • ano_1

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    Hi,

    Have just realised travel plans I have made rely on the mini or other buses running between Kanchanaburi and Bangkok during Songkran, has anyone any ideas/experience re this. Thanks for any help.

    #1 Posted: 17/9/2009 - 16:44

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  • mikethediver

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    Hi,
    Buses still run in Songkran. Choice of minibus from your guest house or government bus from the local station (goes to Southern bus terminal in Bangkok).

    In Kanchanaburi, Songkran last a whole week, rather than a day. The road is blocked with trucks all day & most of the evening, throwing water so allow extra time for any trip. Also, if you are using the government bus station it will not be possible to arrive there dry! Be ye warned!

    (Actually I would try to avoid Kanchanburi during Songkran as a whole week of being unable to walk around without getting soaked does get on your nerves after the first 3 days!)

    #2 Posted: 17/9/2009 - 20:21

  • exacto

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    The train from Bangkok Noi station in Thon Buri to Kanchanaburi and reverse may be an option too. As far as I know, it continues to run through the holiday period, although you'll be a sitting duck on the train for people looking to soak a farang.

    I'm with Mike on this one. I try to keep a low profile during the Songkran holiday, at least after the first few days.

    #3 Posted: 18/9/2009 - 04:42

  • ano_1

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    mike and exacto,

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I am working under the assumption that Songkran is celebrated 13-15/4/2010 inclusive and hoped getting out of Kanchanaburi on the morning of 13/4 may avoid the worse ( or best?- depending how you view it!) of it. Can I have your thoughts please.
    ps: we were in phuket during a previous Songkran and whilst the tourists celebrated it for 3 days plus., Thais celebrated it seriously for the 1 day only, though cannot recall which day that was!
    again my thanks for the help.

    #4 Posted: 18/9/2009 - 05:37

  • mikethediver

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    Yes, I think songkran starts on the 13th. The event in Phuket is small beer to what happens in Kanchanburi, trust me it's a whole week! Talcum powder as well! If you are only there for a day or two it might be good fun, it's just not so funny when you are drenched through (back pack & all) and have to sit on a bus for a few hours.

    #5 Posted: 18/9/2009 - 14:32

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