Songkran in Phuket
No visitor who has ever been here during the month of April can have avoided coming into contact with the enchanting, hilarious, and occasionally exasperating and downright dangerous watery explosion of public celebration which is Songkran. Songkran – the Thai new year – is Thailand’s most celebrated festival is. It starts on April 13 and lasts for between three and 10 days, depending on where you’re resident.
For most, it’s lots of fun and an excuse to cool off at what is usually the hottest time of the year. A mass water throwing in Phuket is generally confined to a single day (13 April), and to specific zones − in Phuket City at Saphan Hin and at Rawai Beach, Kata/Karon Beaches, Nai Yang Beach, Surin Beach and Patong Beach. Songkran in Patong usually begins the evening before – April 12, when normal activities in the bars cease, and the world’s biggest water carnival begins. If you’re staying in one of the tourist centres like Patong, there really is no way of avoiding a soaking, unless you stay in your hotel.
For more information: on Songkran festival contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office,
Tel: 0-7621-1036 or visit website: www.tat.or.th/phuket.