Can anyone give me advice on the best places to spend Songkran 2011? Not crazy party animal places but exciting, fun and one that doesnt go on for 4 days! I would rather be somewhere good natured and "respectful" than a bunch of tourists throwing water balloons as hard as possible "for a laugh". Would prefer to be by a beach but am open to suggestions.
#1 jemmadb has been a member since 9/2/2011. Posts: 2
try any town in northern thailand
#2 Krabiman has been a member since 2/1/2011. Posts: 223
Most places in the south only celebrate for 1 day. Chang Mai seems to party for up tp a week, Bangkok 3 days.
Try any of the islands. You will find that most of them tame it down and only do the 1 day.
#3 guava_girl has been a member since 21/10/2010. Posts: 252
Phayao is a good "moderate" Songkran town. The big lake lined with very Thai-style restaurants makes for a great setting, and there are just a couple guesthouses and one big hotel catering to foreigners. Three hours by bus from Chiang Mai.
Nong Khai was good as well, did it twice. still goes on for 3 days (and sometimes on the sunday before as well). Still if you had enough of the water just check out the restaurants at the beach as it's all quiet.
Love to see how it goes in Chiang Mai but I hate that town so I'll probably skip it!
Chiang Mai is without doubt the best place to experience Songkran if you want to get the real experience. Like guava_girl said, up here they celebrate it for about 4 or 5 days. It is a party, but the Thais are very respectful. I only ever heard reports of foreigners being disrespectful unfortunately, so if you do make it up here, you'd probably be best to avoid the Thae Pae Gate area in the old city.
I am bias towards Chiang Mai, of course, since I have lived here for 18 months :) But, I always tell anyone who'll listen that it's an unbelievable experience. I'll definitely be here this year if you want a friendly face to show you around town.
Safe travels, Christina
#7 ButterflyGlove has been a member since 20/2/2011. Posts: 7
Thanks for all your advice guys. I will try and make it to chiang mai for songkran!
#8 jemmadb has been a member since 9/2/2011. Posts: 2
Festival goes for about 6 days in Phayao. Much more of a Thai experience than Chiang Mai.
#9 Krabiman has been a member since 2/1/2011. Posts: 223