Get Wet During Songkran In Phuket

14 July 2016
Read Time: 1.7 mins

Kids will love to get messy during the Thai New Year festivities of Songkran, a water-based festival that’s fun for all ages, writes Flight Centre Publishing Team Project Manager Jan Copeman.

Thai New Year (Songkran) is one of my favourite festivals anywhere in the world and for kids, it’s pure heaven. My son has been to Thailand four times now, but this last trip will definitely be remembered as his best yet.

 Ready for action! (Image: Jan Copeman)

We arrived in Phuket a few days before Songkran, so we had time to relax before the mayhem. Songkran is originally marked by the throwing and sprinkling of water to symbolise purification and the washing away of sins and bad luck, but nowadays (and especially where you find tourists) it’s just one huge water fight – think buckets of icy-cold water and a veritable army of water gun-touting mischief makers of all ages.


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For children, it’s about as much fun as you can have on holiday. There really are no rules and everyone is fair game – even the police join in. My one piece of advice – bigger is definitely better. We brought my son’s water pistol from home and quickly realised it was not going to cut it. Capacity is everything as you have to pay to refill your guns from huge buckets that are set up outside shops and restaurants – although at 40 cents a refill, it won’t break the bank!

 Escape the heat and cool off at the beach. (Image: Jan Copeman)

In the days leading up to the event you’ll find water guns of all shapes and sizes for sale pretty much everywhere, so there’s no need to take one with you – just fill it up and hit the streets. Expect to get completely drenched from head to toe and dress accordingly – there is simply no way to stay dry, but that’s why it’s so much fun!

The Songkran festival runs over three days in the middle of April each year, with only the first day dedicated to the watery festivities. Thai people love children so kids are like walking targets. The words, “Why always me?” were uttered on quite a few occasions over the course of the day – but always said while laughing.

 Wearing swimmers in the street is an essential part of Songkran. (Image: Jan Copeman)

After five hours wandering the beach and streets in Patong, we were a very bedraggled and utterly exhausted crew making our way back to our hotel. We stayed at the Amari Phuket, and it was the perfect choice for us. Just a five-minute walk into Patong Beach but a haven of peace and tranquillity after the chaos of Songkran in town.

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