April 13 marks the start of the Thai New Year or Songkran Festival. If you’re planning to join the festivities, here are five things to remember.
1) Make Merit – Songkran is the time for giving alms and merit making. Even if you’re not Buddhist, these rituals are still a cultural experience not to be missed.
2) Use Waterproof Bags – If you’re out and about during Songkran, you are likely to be splashed. Be sure to protect your belongings by using waterproof bags.
3) Be Aware Of Your Surroundings - This may sound obvious but with all the watery chaos surrounding you, it can be hard to keep track of your surroundings. Remember to be aware and take extra care of your valuables.
4) Use Public Transportation – Whether you’re at Khao San Road in Bangkok, Phuket’s Patong Beach or Beach Road in Pattaya, the traffic is bound be hectic. If you’re heading to one of the Songkran hotspots then public transport is the best way to travel.
5) Have Fun – Songkran is a celebration of the Thai New Year and a time to have fun. Enjoy the festivities and try wishing others a happy New Year or “Sawadee Pee Mai” as the locals say it.
Sawasdee Pee Mai from all of us at Amari.