7 Tips for Having an Awesome Songkran (The World’s Biggest Water Festival)

Songkran is the exciting, energetic Thai holiday that can be described as a days-long water festival. For those who haven’t played Songkran before, it most closely resembles a countrywide water fight. Held in mid-April, the festival celebrates the traditional Thai New Year, and is most famous for the throwing of water and smearing of paste for good luck.

Songkran is an awesome time to be in Thailand, as you join young and old, rich and poor, local and foreign water fight participants of every type.

Kazuhiro Nakamura
Kazuhiro Nakamura

If you’re heading to Songkran this year, you’ll need to know a few tips to have your best trip possible.

1. Know that EVERYTHING will get wet

There is no mercy for anyone at Songkran. It doesn’t matter if you are on your way to the airport, just arriving, or have your iPad in your hand – you will get wet.

While that is all part of the fun, it is also part of the danger. If you are traveling, or carrying electronics with you in the street, you definitely don’t want them to get ruined.

Wyndham Hollis
Wyndham Hollis

Make sure to buy a protective waterproof cover for your backpack, and put your electronics deep inside, wrapped within another plastic bag and surrounded by clothes. As soon as you are safely to your dry destination, take your electronics out and be sure no water leaked onto them.

For walking around, get a plastic waterproof bag for your phone and money. They will be sold on the street everywhere throughout Songkran, but you can also buy one in advance. The most convenient ones have straps for hanging around your neck or for tying to a belt loop if you’re putting it in your pocket.