Festivals and celebrations

Do’s and don’ts for Songkran 2020, the Thai New Year

Thais celebrate the traditional Thai new year from 13 to 15 April 2020, here are some tips to prepare you for this festive event where it is hard not to be watering!

If you do not know what Songkran is, you can read our article before:
Songkran, the Thai New Year and water fights

Do’s and don’ts to make the most of Songkran

Keep your cool, Jay Yen (jay = heart, yen = cold).

If you go to Thailand during Songkran, you should expect to be watered or have faces covered with talc.

It is part of the tradition, let them make and smile!

Sometimes the water is very cold (some crafty put ice in buckets), sometimes they attack you from behind.

There are even children so eager to use their new water gun, and they’ll sprinkle a few days before the official start of the festivities!

Do not wear your best clothes for these reasons.

And if you are a woman, be careful with the type of clothing you will wear; some may become transparent when wet!

You will find at this period, many sealed plastic bags in stores, to protect your phones, cameras, and paper.

But these protections are not foolproof; it is best to leave these items at your hotel, in a secure area.

It is also the feast of mobile phone vendors!

By law, you must always have your passport with you.

However, during Songkran, you may wet your important documents.

It is better to make photocopies of your passport and laminate them to hang out with you and leave all the important documents in the hotel.

Avoiding water fights?

It will depend on where you are, in some cities, watering zones are defined, but you’re never really safe unless to stay locked in your hotel!

Shopping malls and cinemas are open during Songkran, inside you risk nothing, but must still be able to get there without getting wet!

If you must use public transportation, be sure to use an air-conditioned bus or taxi meter.

If you use a standard bus with the windows down or a tuk-tuk, then maybe you’ll get watered.

Alcohol and road accidents

Many people drink day and night during Songkran, if you have Thai friends, you will be invited to have drinks in the morning!

It is the celebration that causes the most car accidents!

Most deaths occur on secondary roads and in the evening.

On main roads, most accidents are caused by drunk driving and speeding.

If driving, be cautious. There are a lot of drunk drivers on the roads during Songkran.

And if you’re on a scooter, also be very careful, because you can be watered!

Moto arrosée lors du Songkran

Source: thaitravelblogs.com; Photos: water fight: Ben Reeves; watered motorcycles Wyndham Hollis


Settled in Thailand since a few years (with trips to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia), I love this country and its inhabitants, the real country of Smiles! Sorry for any translation errors that may occur. Feel free to mention them in the comments, I will correct them. Thank you.

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