Travel and Tourism
The total economic impact of Songkran grew by 14.14% in 2017, pumping 45.428 billion baht, or US$1.3 billion, into the Thai economy, with several destinations reporting an increase in tourism.
The Water Festival is celebrated in many Southeast Asian countries including some parts of Southwestern China. In Thailand, it is known as Songkran or the Thai New Year.
The Water Festival ran from 11 to 17 April in 2017. While it is celebrated throughout Thailand, in some parts of the country, such as Pattaya, it starts early, running up to one week.
Many hotels in Thai beach resorts offered special packages to cater to Songkran celebrants.
Traditionally, Thais returned home to visit their families during the Water Festival.
They paid their respects to their parents or grandparents by pouring scented water onto their hands and feet.
They also visited Buddhist temples and poured scented water on the hands and feet of monks.
One Great Big Water Fight
In recent years, Songkran has turned into one great big playful water fight, with locals, expats, and visiting tourists joining in the fun by splashing and/or spraying each other with water.
So why water fights?
Thailand reputedly has only three seasons: hot, hotter, and hottest, and April is absolutely, positively the hottest month of the year in the Land of Smiles.
So water fights are a great – and very fun – way to cool off when temperatures soaring into the stratosphere.
According to Hotels.com, these are the top seven spots to celebrate the Water Festival in Thailand, which are listed below in alphabetical order).
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- Bangkok – Hotels.com – TripAdvisor.com
- Chiang Mai – Hotels.com – TripAdvisor.com
- Hua Hin – Hotels.com – TripAdvisor.com
- Koh Samui – Hotels.com – TripAdvisor.com
- Krabi – Hotels.com – TripAdvisor.com
- Pattaya – Hotels.com – TripAdvisor.com
- Phuket – Hotels.com – TripAdvisor.com
As the Nation's Capital, Bangkok is one of the best places to celebrate Songkran – the festival seems to grow in popularity each year.
These are supposed to be the best places to enjoy water fights n Bangkok: Khaosan Road, Siloam Road, and Royal City Avenue (RCA).
Arrive early and check out the following tips to ensure a memorial day.
How to Enjoy Songkran
Songkran is supposed to be fun, but some celebrants get carried away. Adding menthol to water, for example, is not unheard of.
Some celebrants throw ice cubes or hot water – definitely not advised!
Another common problem is pollution. The water thrown at Songkran is often stagnant so eye infections sometimes result. Why not wear swimming goggles?
There are also many accidents because of slippery sidewalks and roads. Footwear is advised, but make sure it is waterproof and make sure the soles have good traction! Flipflops can sometimes get very slippery when wet!
Here are some helpful do's and don't …
- Do Bring Buckets
- Don't Bring Sieves
- Do Use Garden Hoses
- Don't Use High-pressure Hoses
- Do Use Water Pistols
- Don't Use High-pressure Water Guns
- Do Throw Ice Water
- Don't Throw Ice Cubes
- Do Throw Room Temperature Water
- Don't Throw Hot Water
- Do Wear Lightweight Clothes
- Don't Wear Denin or Other Heavy Fabrics
- Do Wear Beach Attire
- Don't Wear White – Unless You Wear Something Underneath
- Do Bring a Waterproof Camera
- Don't Bring an Expensive Camera (Unless It's Waterproof)
- Do Wear Rubber Footwear with Traction
- Do Wear Swimming Goggles to Prevent Eye Infections
- Do Buy a Waterproof Necklace to Keep Your Valuables In
So have fun, but be careful! And whatever you do, keep your sense of humour!
Recommended Bangkok Hotel
Bangkok is full of hotels at all price points from inexpensive guest houses to over-to-top five star resorts.
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The InterContinental Bangkok is a 37-storey hotel with 381 rooms in the heart of Bangkok.
The hotel has several food and beverage outlets: a Chinese restaurant featuring Cantonese cuisine; a deli serving lights meals and pastries; an Italian restaurant overlooking the swimming pool; a buffet restaurant with live cooking stations; a grill and bar open for lunch and dinner; and a balcony lounge and humidor cigar bar.
The InterContinental Bangkok, 973 Ploen Chit Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand. Telephone: +66 2 6560444.
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