Songkran – the best fun we have had with our clothes on

by Kirsty on May 11, 2011

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Songkran is a celebration of the Thai new year which takes place every year between 13th and 15th of April. It’s one of the things we have been looking forward to most about being in Thailand and OMFG (lol?) it didn’t disappoint.

We travelled back from Malaysia especially to enjoy the last two days of Songkran and decided to head straight to Khao San road to get involved in the party, after of course stopping by Tesco to pick up a couple of super soakers and some spare smaller guns, we were taking this pretty seriously.

On the taxi ride to backpacker central I was so happy to see Songkran was everything I expected, the streets were full of people soaking each other and most the traffic were pickup trucks full of people in the back with barrels full of water fighting back.

The whole area around Khao San road was closed off to traffic and full of chalked up wet people, I have never seen anything like it or felt so happy, we jumped out of the taxi and got involved straight away.

From respectful clicks of water or paste to buckets full of freezing water being poured over our heads the next 8 hours or so hours were full of mayhem and alcohol abuse.

We were also lucky enough to enjoy the company of Travels with Mike, Adventurous Kate and Travels of Adam:

Check out the memories!

Songkran 2011 Khao San Road

Songkran 2011 Khao San road - getting wet

Songkran 2011 Khao San Road  - dancers

Songkran 2011 Khao San Road  - beer and water

Songkran 2011 Khao San Road  ready to fire

Songkran 2011 Khao San Road  firing straight at the camera

Songkran 2011 Khao San Road - group

Songkran 2011 Khao San Road  - steamed up glasses

Songkran 2011 - Khao San road - Beer and a watergun

Songkran 2011 Khao San Road - Last drink

The final day of Songkran was spent nursing a terrible hangover and going out and doing it all again.

Songkran 2011 Khao San Road - quiet time

Songkran 2011 Khao San road - Wet and chalk covered

Songkran is my idea of heaven and I can’t exaggerate how much fun we have but I think the pictures do a good job of showing it. I can’t believe we have to wait a year to do it again but one things for sure, we’ll definitely be here for it, or maybe in Chiang Mai?


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Christy @ Technosyncratic May 12, 2011 at 7:35 am

Looks like you guys had a blast! And I love the title of this post, lol.
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Poi May 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

It was amazing! So much fun.


Kieron May 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

That is so awesome! Adding it tentatively to our 2012 itinerary if we’re nearby!
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Poi May 14, 2011 at 9:44 am

Even if you’re not nearby make it happen. We’ll be here!


Jaime May 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

OMFG…THAT IS FUCKING AMAZING. LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN!!! I am going to have to make it to that for sure. I loved all the picks and am glad to see y’all hanging out with Adam (big fan of his).
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Poi May 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

Haha Jamie you would love it, I honestly can’t tell you how much fun it is!

It was great to finally meet Adam. he’s a lot of fun.

Reply May 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

That looks SO fun. Am new to your blog, but I really enjoyed this post!


Poi May 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

Hey thanks for checking out our blog, glad you enjoyed this.


Alex May 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I just celebrated Songkran in Thailand for the first time this April! It was a fantastic experience! We rented a truck and rode through the streets with water guns and buckets and a whole barrel full of water (which we had to stop and fill up at least twice). Only downside…? No one warned us that they throw ICE water. Almost everyone (except for us haha!) had huge blocks of ice in their water barrels and it made for an ice cold blast each time we got “blessed.” Regardless though, it was still a wild experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is Thailand during that time!! Long live Songkran!


Poi May 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

Haha that sounds awesome, there was a lot of ice water on Khao San as well, came as a bit of a shock the first time.

Might have to steal your idea of hiring a truck next year 🙂

Long live Songkran!


megan May 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

that. looks. insane! 😀


Poi May 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

It was, I love it!


ayngelina May 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Everyone who wrote about this raves how much fun it was, your photos are great – I am so jealous 🙂
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Poi May 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

It is amazing, I can’t see how anyone wouldn’t enjoy this, it lives up to the hype!


flip May 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

oh wow.. looks like you had a grand time… only been to songkran once…would love to do it again 🙂


Poi May 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I think it must be one of those things, it’s hard to only do it once.


Beverley | Pack Your Passport October 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Literally. Cannot. Wait to do this!!! Loks like the best fun ever 🙂


Poi October 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Words can’t describe how amazing it is and it’s amazing how everyone gets involved!


Annie@GreenTravelReviews December 15, 2013 at 4:51 am

You are right, the picture really do show how much fun you had 😉 Thanks for sharing your adventures!
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