Thai New Year Kicks Off Early

Traditional Thai New Year known as Songkran has kicked off early this year. It’s only April 12th, but the water wars are well under way in Pattaya and Bangkok.

Here in Bangkok, the last day of the water wars is April 15th, but down in Pattaya it continues for at least a week. If you really hate the water fights, there is no escaping it down in Pattaya. You cannot stop the Thais celebrating Songkran, so you are best advised to avoid the public display of big boys and girls behaving badly! Every year there are numerous road accidents, deaths, violence and injuries. Not to mention those that go to hospital with nasty eye infections and others who become very ill from consuming infected water. However, if you are hellbent on the water wars, the Kaosan Road area is the main Bangkok battlefield. It is like a miniature version of Pattaya. Down in Sin City, or Pattaya, the whole city is one big battlefield, especially along Beach Road. There is also a lot of water wars in the Patong Beach area of Phuket.

Most bar owners in Bangkok are sensible enough to keep the enclosed bars, go-go bars, pubs and clubs, as DRY ZONES. However, the water wars (usually) end by nightfall.

Wishing you a Happy Thai New Year – Sawatdee Pee Mai kap!

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