Songkran 2017 in Phuket

Songkran 2017 in Phuket
Songkran 2017 in Phuket
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Songkran 2017 in Phuket – April 13 to 15

Songkran in Phuket happens between April 13 to 15. What is this Songkran Festival everyone is talking about lately? If you choose to come to Phuket or Thailand in April, you’d better know what Songkran is about. Songkran is the Thai New Year, and it occurs when the sun moves position from Pisces to Aries. According to Thai calendar, we are already in year 2560! That’s for the technical bits.


Songkran Festival!People living in Thailand will be divided in three groups: ‘Wild Wet Fun‘ fans, ‘Sulking Hermits‘ who will lock themselves indoors for three days having wisely stocked food, and ‘Smart Dudes‘, well organized, who will make use of the very long week end to fly somewhere abroad and dry.

If you are of the first kind, you can join Songkran wet street parties from early morning. It starts rather gently in Phuket Town around 10am, turning to water dogfights in the afternoon in Patong, Kata and Karon, and ends in a hectic full scale wet war zone in Bangla Road until late at night.


Everybody will join the Songkran festivities, kids, teens mostly, but also adults and tourists, divided in two camps: the ‘Strategically Ambushed‘ by the road side with plenty of water ammunition, and the ‘Mobile Units‘ in the back of pick up trucks. Shops and supermarket make fortunes selling all kinds of colorful and humongous water guns. But the best weapon remains the good old plastic bowl and a big tank of icy cold water!

Cops doing traffic and security on the road are always the favourite targets for everyone, but they are used to this and keep a smile all day or even play along.

Songkran in Thailand

Survival Tips for Songkran Day:

  • Don’t drive a bike if you can avoid it, it’s slippery and the tendency to close eyes when water is thrown at you might lead to a crash with the car in front of you. And a lot of drunk people will be out there partying, including you :D.
  • Get a waterproof camera, the chance to ruin yours is pretty high!
  • Beware of major traffic jams in towns, mostly in Patong Beach. It might take you several hours just to cross it. If you are unfortunate enough to have to go to Phuket airport, go as early as possible, preferably in the morning.
  • Don’t carry anything that is not water resistant.
  • Don’t wear expensive clothing, I’m not sure how easy it would be to wash the color powder thrown at you by some teens.
  • Beware of the Sun! If you happen to be on the back of a pick up truck, get a cap and water-resistant sunscreen or you will pay a painful price the days after!
  • Have fun! Don’t take is too seriously, it’s good fun (if you choose to go out there).

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: and, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including, and