I am arriving late on April 9th to Bangkok, I am hoping to avoid the craziness of songkran and head to Cambodia as soon as possible. How crazy will getting to Cambodia be during this time?
#1 MikeScience has been a member since 26/2/2013. Posts: 2
the roads everywhere will probably be pretty busy with people heading home for the holidays.
What, exactly, do you mean by 'crazyness of Songkran' ? Songkran is a peaceful, spiritual festival. If you stay away from the tourist spots and big cities up North (Chiang Mai, BKK, esp. Khao San Road, Phuket, Krabi and Gulf islands), then the water throwing is usually limited to a few hours on the 13th.
In Cambodia the New Year celebrations coincide with the Thai festival.
Phnom Penh is a ghost town as most people head back to their village. Unfortunately, prices will probably double in Sihanoukville.
I have to agree with the OP on the craziness of Songkran. Certainly don't ride a motorbike as some idiot is sure to hurl a bucket of water over you as your speeding along. For some reason a lot of Thai men become thoroughly unpleasant and aggressive when they drink the local hooch and Songkran is an excuse to get totally wasted.The Khmer, on the other hand, become merry.