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Songkran Survival Guide

April 10, 2017
How to… Survive Songkran
Hordes flock to Songkran’s three-day, countrywide water fight, but the indiscriminate water- and talc-throwing during Thai New Year won’t go terribly well with that fresh-pressed linen suit! LUXE shares tips for surviving the holiday festivities in style…

To dodge the crazy crowds, bonkers behaviour and a soaking (often with dirty water!), hole up in the sanctuary of The Peninsula and enjoy its seductive spa, riverside Thai restaurant Thiptara, and peaceful pool. Hello G&T!

If you really must go out, avoid the city’s mayhem-inducing party hoods like the plague. Officials try to confine celebrations to Patpong/Silom Road, backpacker-haunt Khao San Road and RCA, which stage shows, while the rest of Bangkok is often eerily empty.

Instead, take a restored Peninsula Rice Barge up and down the Chao Phraya River or venture to the Grand Palace at dawn to watch more traditional rituals. Opposite at Sanam Luang square, a Buddha statue is born from the National Museum and bathed in fragrant water. Temples like Wat Arun and Wat Pho also host sacred rites, from giving alms to monks to decorating sand stupas.

It’s too hot for waterproofs, so you’ll get drenched as you soon as you hit the streets. Dig out your least-designery T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops before stepping outside. Leave your passport and valuables in the hotel safe, or seal them in a waterproof bag. Your iPhone will thank you!

13-15 Apr, 2017.