Introducing Songkran, the wildest New Year event that you’ve never heard of. It’s a Water Festival that puts the whole nation on pause for 3-days, as everyone in Thailand stops work to celebrate Thailand new year, with the water fight to end all water fights. Virtually unheard of by most western cultures, you’ll get a uniquely authentic experience as you engage in a country-wide water fight with the locals.
Purchase a water-gun at one of many street-stalls dotted along the streets of Thailand, and grab a re-fill at any water station along the journey. Make sure you look out for locals selling ammo-refills of nothing but ice-cold water – it adds a real kick to your fire and puts a smile on everyone’s face (except maybe your target).
Today, it’s the only warfare that has a truly peaceful outcome – bringing locals and foreigners together for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. It’s been a wild water festival since the mid-20th century, however the tradition originates from a peculiar tradition whereby monks cleansed Buddha figures with fragranced water before collecting it to gently pour over elders, loved ones and neighbours.
This was, and still is, an act of blessing, cleansing and purifying for the Thailand New Year. You’ll even be blessed with a year of good luck and prosperity… the perfect event to partake in during the hottest and most humid months in Thailand.
Don’t forget to check out the neighbours…
Thailand is renowned for the craziest New Year’s Water Festival on planet Earth, however similar Songkran events are also celebrated in neighbouring countries – Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and even in some parts of China.
What’s Thirsty Swagman have to do with it all?
Thirsty Swagman is an Australian-based Tour Operator that aspires to change your life. Taking thirsty adventures to only the wildest, most unique, diverse and culturally rich destinations for the pub-tour experience of a lifetime. For the ultimate Thai New Years Party, come and join us on this year tour.
The Thai New Year Party is just one of the highlights of Thirsty Swagman’s Asia Annihilator Tour – a 5-day escapade that will have you bar-hopping between Singapore and Thailand as you visit breath-taking beaches, wildly chaotic streets and party zones dotted with everything from rugged beach shacks to rock bars and exclusive nightclubs. Not to mention, a visit to a cosy beach bar on an exotic island paradise where you’ll spend the day dipping in crystal clear water amongst an archipelago of dreamy islands.
Thirsty Survival Tips For The Thai New Year Party
“Mi Casa Es Su Casa” – But Enjoy With Etiquette!
When jet-setting around the world, it’s nice to be welcomed in by friendly locals but remember this is THEIR country. Have a wild time, but remember to respect their customs and abide by their rules.
Keep Your Valuables Safe and Dry
When heading out in Thailand, it’s always good to just take out the money you need and not your valuables. Don’t have a waterproof camera? Leave it at home. Also remember the money here is just paper so it’s best to buy a plastic protector to use as a wallet (you can find these at most street-stalls during Songkran.)
Keep Your Wits About You
Everyone likes to go a little bit crazy when they head on an adventure to a knew county, but remember that foreigners (especially if you have had a few to drink) can often be an easy target for theft and scams.
Learn the language
Okay, we’re not saying learn the whole language, but learning to converse a little in the local language can go a long way and is a polite way to show your respect to the locals. Here’s some helpful phrases for Songkran;
“Happy New Year” – “Sa-wat-dee pi mai”
“Welcome (to greet someone)” – “Yin-dee-ton-rab ”
“Hey friend! ” – “Yai-puan!”
Thirsty for a Thailand New Year adventure? View our Songkran tours here.