Water, Water, Everywhere…
It’s perhaps coincidental, but nonetheless convenient, that the hottest month of the year in Thailand also sees one of its most important and beloved festivals, that of Songkran, where the ritual sprinkling of water to cleanse and purify has perhaps, in recent years, become somewhat overshadowed by fun and frivolity.
Traditionally heralding the movement of the sun into Aries and the beginning of the Thai New Year, the celebration from the 13-16th April is a national holiday, but beware, such is the Thai love of Songkran that it’s not uncommon on main thoroughfares of the city to witness all out (albeit friendly) water battles!
For a gentler, dryer and altogether more spiritual experience, visit any of the city’s major temples (Thais believe that a visit to nine temples in one day ensures prosperity and good luck) or take a day trip out to to the ancient cities of Ayutthaya
for a drenching by elephants, the grand procession and Miss Songkran beauty pageant, or Sukhothai for traditional dress, sand pagoda competitions and the festival market.
If you elect to stay in the city, its advisable to journey everywhere by taxi or rental car, or get ready to run fast! Suk san wan songkran!