Thailand’s biggest festival happens in April 2011 – bring your raingear because if you’re in the country for Songkran, you’re going to get wet!
When massed rows of water pistols start appearing in Bangkok supermarkets, you know that the annual Thai festival of Songkran is coming. This is when the entire country basically shuts down for a week and engages in one huge water fight. If you go out any time before 9pm you will get soaked by water pistol wielding Thais and probably doused in talcum powder too for good measure. There’s little point trying to stay aloof from the madness – better to weapon up yourself and take part in the craziness. Khao San Road is a water war zone for both tourists and Thais alike and a great place to start for Songkran newbies. There are equally enthusiastic celebrations in Chiang Mai and virtually every other urban area throughout Thailand.
For 2011, Songkran officially begins on Wednesday April 13 and runs until Friday 15th but the chaos will probably begin from Monday 11th. Make sure you’ve booked a hotel if you want to be in Thailand during Songkran as it’s extremely busy – and also remember to keep all your non water friendly valuables like mobile phones, cameras etc safely wrapped in plastic bags if you go out with them on you. If you want to take photos and keep your camera safe, Canon do nice and quite cheap waterproof casings for most of their cameras.