Songkran Festival in Pattaya is different from those in the rest of Thailand. The famous Water Festival there is merely a synonym for a week-long super water battle in the whole city. The gentle origins of the traditional celebration mostly disappear in high-pressure soaks, ice buckets and foam parties on beach roads.
Although Songkran Festival in most parts of Thailand lasts only three days, Pattaya's party atmosphere means that you could blow the horn of the water battle ahead of official holiday and even last a few days longer. If you miss the 3-day official Songkran Festival in other cities, just come to Pattaya where the celebration just come! See more guides on Songkran in Bangkok, Songkran in Chiang Mai or Songkran in Phuket.
The whole Songkran holiday in Pattaya usually lasts completely a week! Songkran in Pattaya is officially in April 19th, but celebrations usually begins on the 11th in main tourist and nightlife areas. On the 13th, when revelers rush to the streets and shower each other, the roads become crowded. If you'd like to find extreme fun in Pattaya, there is no better place to go in mid-April. Come on! Come to the best all-day rain party around the world!
Songkran officially lasts for three days, but city government usually extends it for a full week in Pattaya and the last day is the craziest. The extra holiday, called 'Wan Lai', is celebrated in Bang Saen and Pattaya.
Apart from the water fighting and merit making, 'Wan Lai' features with the building of exquisite sand sculptures, cultural performance and beauty contest. 'Kong Khao' appreciation parade to Rice Goddess is also unique to the whole country and one of the highlights in Pattaya's Songkran. See what is Thailand Songkran Festival here.
Pattaya Songkran festival 2019 is from Saturday 13th to Friday 19th April 2019. Have a great time this year 13-19 April!
In Thailand, Pattaya is different from other cities. When the celebration completed in other cities, Pattaya continued to celebrate until 19th April, totally a whole week! On every building where the bar is on the road - especially the Soi 6, 7 and 8 – these places approaching some kind of climax and an inevitably be caught in the crossfire. These bars will have large buckets of water for people to fill their water guns. Many tourists will stop in the front of these bars, filling ammunition while soaking passers-by. If you want to escape the fire for a while, head to Bunsen beach, where the people make exquisite Songkran sand castles and sculptures.
The Beach Road will be cut off with water trucks, foam machines and live music stages. The fire station parked their engines and filled buckets full of soap for revelers. On roads where vehicles are allowed to go through, major vehicles come to a standstill. Each street became a slow-moving procession, with revelers throwing water at each other. The pickup trucks turned into moving party castles, with its own water tail and a full-volume radio. Many young Thais take the advantage of height to drop water bombs and rake the pedestrians with water gun fire.
You will also see peculiar festival scenes include monks sit safely in the back of a truck, rolling through the city and giving blessings to crowds lined the route. With great respect for them, their saffron robes keep completely dry; by contrast, everything around them is drenched (Highly advise not to even think about touch this bottom line.) Unlike the unbelievable dry of monks, the police seems to take on double responsibilities, getting more drenched than anyone else for the sake of the great Songkran Festival. On those days, the police seems like smiling targets who may also enjoy the atmosphere.
One thing is for sure, once you plan to travel to Pattaya during Songkran, you will be easily be clogged with traffic. For travelers who do not want to attend, the only option is to take a week off and flee to Koh Samet or other nearby isolated islands. While for most people, the heaven is to barricade themselves indoors with enough supplies. Best option for travelers is to find a room with a good overlook sights of Songkran Festival. Even if you don't like be soaked, Songkran Festival is a spectacle well worth watching. Well, why not reserve a room to see Pattaya Beach Road above, watch from your own "VIP house seats" as well as get your entertainment from Songkran parade.
Songkran in Pattaya is generally safe, but some people still get hurt. It is not surprising that so much water is flying around. It will be more likely to get hurt when driving a motorcycle to break through the enemy lines. For the uncertainty of throwing freezing water from crowds, the driver will lost his calm to judge and handle matters. We strongly advise that do not driving and walk instead. See how to survive Songkran Festival.
Avoid carrying or wearing anything expensive, especially electrical things. Not only it's likely to get wet, but pickpockets are also pretended to it. We would like to advise you to carry a waterproof purse, which you can hang around your neck before you. It's easy to buy before and on the festival on local stores. Much more sizes are also available for your phone or camera. See what to bring for Songkran Festival.
Finally, be careful of your goals. Just give young children and old people enough attention and don't shoot them. Even you does not mean it, throwing water to them will be very impolite. Make sure you're happy to take it and dish it out in the same way, and if you want to stay dry during Songkran, don't leave your hotel. It's not a kidding.
There will be some supply points in front of each bar, usually floating with some large blocks of ice. Most people will ask you to buy at least one drink if you want to reload your gun there. For another option, you can find some free buttocks for public use if you look around for enough time. Naturally, this means that every bar becomes a marine nest, and you will be easily ambushed and completely wet when you walk over.
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What's you can expect in your creazy Songkran tour:
Water Battle by Tuk Tuk and get into the heart of the water battle!
Water Party in Silom Road. Spot the firetrucks ambushed at each intersection with their incredibly powerful water hoses.
Continue to Pattaya where helds a week-long Songkran celebration and colorful nightlife.
Celebrate like a local: Form a Sand Pagoda & Watch Bathing Rites of Buddha Image
Elephant sanctuary: wearing Karen clothing and bath these cute creatures.
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