Posts Tagged ‘Thai New Year’

Thailand Gets Wet & Wild

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Today is officially the last day of the annual Songkran Water Festival. This marks the end of the traditional Thai New Year celebrations. But, be aware that the Water Wars in Pattaya last a full week!

The water warriors were out in force once again in Soi Cowboy, Soi Nana and Khao San Road. The photo below demonstrates why so many of us love Songkran.



Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The crazy water throwing festival Songkran is just around the corner. I want to remind you that traditional Thai New Year will be celebrated all across Thailand on April 13th, 14th and 15th. Down in Sin City otherwise known as Pattaya, the water wars last a whole week and there is no escaping it!

Despite the Thai authorities saying they will be clamping down, there will be many road deaths and injuries, health risks from contaminated water, plus the potential of violence, when things get out of hand. Most people want to enjoy Songkran, but there are always some people who go too far.

This is the time of year, when there is a mass exodus from Bangkok of both Thais and expat residents and I do not expect this year to be any different.

Meanwhile, The Strip GoGo Bar in Patpong are gearing up with a party…


Thai New Year In Soi Cowboy YouTube Video

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Youtube Videos – Here is a selection of 3 YouTube videos that vividly displays the Songkran Festival…  (more…)

Thai New Year Is In Full Swing

Friday, April 13th, 2012


This Thai New Year the ‘water wars’ are as crazy as ever. As we speak, Songkran is well under way in Khao San Road, Soi Cowboy and Soi Nana. Also, there is no escaping the madness and mayhem, along Beach Road down in Pattaya. The water wars in Pattaya continue for another week! (more…)

Hope You Have A Safe Songkran

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Thai New Year – Another year has passed and traditional Thai New Year is on the doorstep. Thai New Year is full of  ‘ings’ – dancing, singing, drinking, partying and water throwing! (more…)

Bars & Nightclubs Closed For Royal Funeral

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Dry Days! Bars and nightclubs across Thailand are requested to close out of respect for a Royal Funeral. (more…)

Thailand Tonight – 14/04/2010

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010


Even though the antigovernment protests by the ‘Reds’ has dragged on for a month, for the best part it remained peaceful… (more…)

Songkran Celebrations In Pattaya

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Although extremely brash and bawdy, the beach resort of Pattaya is the place to have boisterous fun. Albeit, fun with a very adult theme in this mad, wild city. Party animals will love how vibrant Pattaya is, just make sure you can handle Pattaya! It is the city of extremes and the Songkran water wars are by no means any exception. But, there are an abundance of Thai girls getting into the spirit of Thai New Year. Here is a video clip that I found on YouTube. Can you handle Songkran in Pattaya?

Pattaya Water Wars Warning

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

I’m issuing a ‘Water Wars Warning’ for Saturday and Sunday (April 18-19th). Thai New Year or ‘Songkran’ celebrations still continue in Pattaya this weekend. Why tell you this? Because, the water wars in Pattaya are insane! There is little to no chance of escaping a soaking. If you enjoy wet ‘n’ wild water warfare, then Pattaya is the place to be. If you don’t appreciate the Songkran slingers, then it is advisable to avoid Pattaya today and tomorrow.

I looked at the Thai news on TV and it showed the Songkran slingers in full swing down in Kaosan Road in Bangkok. What immediately struck me was the fact that foreigners were in the vast minority. The remarkable lack of farangs during the Songkran celebrations, says a lot about the current climate in Bangkok right now. Incidentally, most of the bars, go-go bars and other nightlife venues, were quiet in Bangkok last night. Under the circumstances, it’s not surprising.

‘Songkran’ Thai New Year Extended

Thursday, April 16th, 2009


If you did not know, the ‘Songkran’ or traditional Thai New Year celebrations, have been extended until this Friday.

‘Photo Of The Day’ goes to Stickman, who captured a picture of two Thai girls trying to evade Songkran slingers. Within the world of  photography, there is a lot of technical talk about equipment. However, an essential skill is capturing the image with perfect timing. Not even safe whilst riding a motorbike, the collision of the water explodes into life. Notice that neither Thai girl is wearing a crash helmet. Scary! 


Celebrating ‘Songkran’ Thai New Year

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009


Despite the recent violence in Bangkok, the Thai New Year celebrations went ahead, although somewhat subdued in areas. This image depicts the spirit of  ‘Songkran’ which is traditional Thai New Year. Sawatdee Pee Mai Kap!



NOTE – ‘Songkran’ photo courtesy of a friend. Thanks Scott!

Ban On Alcohol Lifted For Songkran

Monday, April 6th, 2009

ALCOHOL BAN LIFTED FOR SONGKRANFortunately, the proposed  alcohol ban for the forthcoming Songkran Thai New Year celebrations has been lifted. Previously, there was confusion surrounding Songkran, because some factions of the Thai government proposed an alcohol ban during Thai New Year (traditionally April 13-15th).  Wisely, the Thai government did the sensible thing and the alcohol ban was opposed by the vast majority. The Thai government do not want to further damage an already weakened tourist industy.  This means we can all get wet on the inside, as well as the outside. Party on!

Today is Chakri Dynasty Day, which is a national holiday in Thailand. I’m pleased to announce that the bars, go-go bars and other entertainment venues in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket will be open as normal. Good news for a booze cruise! 

Thai Water Wars Warning

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Songkran is supposed to be Thai New Year ‘celebrations’ but in reality it is utter chaos. Unless you big boys and girls are into the Thai water wars, you need to be aware that Songkran kicks off soon. From midnight on April 12th until at least April 15th, Thai New Year celebrations will be crazy. Down in  Pattaya, the crazy water wars last at least a week. Despite the Thai authorities efforts to calm Songkran down, it is total madness and mayhem! Thais continue to get drunk and disorderly, leaving hundreds maimed or killed on Thailand’s treacherous roads. Tempers rise and fist fights break out. Motorcycle gangs race through narrow streets, drunk drivers threaten your life, and Thais rub powder laced with chemicals into your faces. The streets literally become a water warfare war-zone, whereby nobody is safe from a soaking. The water is more often than not infected with all kinds of things. It’s certainly not fun to us ‘grown up’ farangs who have suffered over a decade of the water wars. You are wise to heed the warning and below is video evidence of how crazy Thai New Year really is. Pattaya is a prime example…

This video is Songkran outside Nana Plaza in Bangkok…

Thailand Night Fever

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

ANGELWITCH GO-GO BAR SHOWGIRLSWelcome to the Thai New Year 2551 and let’s all hope it is a good year for Thailand.  Another Songkran has come and gone for most of us, but don’t forget that Pattaya will continue the water warfare until this weekend.  I have to say that I thought the Songkran Festival was a bit quiet overall this year.  If you question what I mean by that, then just ask a bar owner.  The go-go bars in Bangkok had fewer go-go dancers, due to many bar girls deciding to go home this Songkran.  Some go-go bars cut their girls as much as 2,000 Baht per day.  This is a very severe cut for not working during Songkran.  However, this can be counterproductive to the bar, because some bar girls will stop  work for the rest of April.  If a bargirl is cut 6,000 Baht that is over 50% of a go-go dancers salary.  Of course, many Thais are on much lower salaries than go-go dancers are.  Most service girls don’t earn 6,000 Baht.  Therefore, a bargirl might well think; why should I work for nothing?  I would hazard a guess that in most go-go bars in Bangkok, the takings were down on last year.  Also, I couldn’t help but notice that fewer bargirls got into the spirit of things. (more…)

Celebrating Songkran – Thai New Year

Monday, April 14th, 2008

AFTER DARK ASIA MAGAZINESawatdee Pee Mai Kap!  Or in English, Happy Thai New Year!  For those of you who are in Thailand, I sincerely hope that you are having a happy and a safe Songkran.  I say “safe” because every year hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries are reported.  WATER WARFARE WARNING — Ensure that you are extra careful on the roads during the Songkran water festival.  Most of Thailand celebrate Songkran from April 13th — 15th, but in Pattaya it started yesterday and it will continue until next weekend.  I thought that I had better post this as a reminder.  So guys, be aware that the Pattaya “water war” will last until April 20th.  This year a lot of bargirls have gone home, leaving most go-go bars with fewer go-go dancers.  Even though it is Thai New Year, the closing times in Bangkok remain between 1:00am and 2:00am.  Down in Pattaya most of the go-go bars, pubs and clubs are closing late again.  Good news for the Pattaya party animals.  Party on!  The Thai authorities announced that LARGE water cannons would be outlawed.  However, although the supermarkets listened, there are plenty of big water guns for sale on the street.  You can put that down to the idiosyncrasy of “Amazing Thailand” I guess. I dared to venture out onto the streets of Bangkok this afternoon.  And, as per usual, it’s wild ‘n’ crazy out there folks!  When that ice water hits you and you get cologne powder in your eyes; now that’s a killer!



To show respect to the staff in Angelwitch Go-Go Bar, the management have decided to close Angelwitch on April 15th.  It will just be for the one night to allow the Thai staff to enjoy Songkran.  Please note that Angelwitch in Nana Plaza will be closed tomorrow, but Angelwitch in Pattaya will be open.    


BUDDHIST TEMPLES BANGKOKThe traditional Songkran water festival is a very elegant ceremony, which originated from ancient Siam.  The official Thai New Year is celebrated from April 13th – 15th.  Orchid flowers were placed into silver bowls containing special scented water.  Younger members of Thai families would gently sprinkle the Songkran water over their elder relative’s hands.  This special water was also gently poured onto the shoulder of an elder.  Your own body had to be thoroughly cleaned, along with your house.  You could call it “religious spring cleaning.”  Songkran in Thailand is not just a tradition of external cleansing, but also personal cleansing of the mind and spirit.  Buddha images are thoroughly washed and sprinkled with special scented water.  Flower garlands are hung around the necks of the Buddha images.  This is then followed by respectful prayers.  Throughout Thailand’s multitude of “wats” (Thai temples), you can here the humming tones of Thai people reciting Pali.  (Pali is the ancient scripture of Theravada Buddhism).


I have been informed that the newest edition of After Dark Asia magazine will be on sale just after Songkran.  Look out for After Dark Asia volume 6 on the newsstands throughout Bangkok and Pattaya.  After Dark Asia has established itself as Thailand’s top go-go girly magazine.  The photography is excellent.  A copy of After Dark Asia will set you back 150 Baht.  Check out the HOT go-go girls!



Thailand Night Fever

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008


EVE X ZONE GO-GO BAR - PATTAYA - THAILANDThis news might come as something of a surprise to you, but the owners of Nana Plaza have been digging into their pockets.  According to the Nana Plaza management (Nana Castle), the escalator next to Lucky Luke’s Bar inside Nana Plaza should be operational in about one week.  The new escalator is now operational.  Apparently, the job was finished before expected – that is a shock by Thai building standards!  It has not been repaired, but instead it has been replaced by a brand new escalator.  For those of you who are not keen on using lifts, or stairs, the new escalator will be an excellent alternative.  By installing the new escalator, I think it will please everybody, but especially the disabled.  Fellow internet columnist Baron Bonk should be thrilled with the new escalator.  We can now send dear ole Baron Bonk up to greater heights!  Combined with a clear pathway at the entrance to Nana Plaza, it will be much easier to enter and exit, plus go up to the middle level.

Recently I have spoken to Khun Num who runs Rainbow 1 and Rainbow 3, about the old Farang Connection.  (If you cannot quite remember, Farang Connection was located next door to Rainbow 3 on the middle level in Nana Plaza).  If you did not know, Khun Num has taken over the lease and is currently building a Thai restaurant there.  The building work is progressing steadily as we speak.  The new owner has hinted that he thinks he will just sell Thai food.  I am sure that it is not easy, or cheap to hire a chef who can cook both Eastern and Western cuisine to international standards.  More interestingly, with some of the hot babes that will be dining here, it definitely will not be your average Thai noodle shop! (more…)