Songkran or Thai New Year was the highlight of our Indochina trip. And where else to celebrate it than the most vibrant street of Bangkok, Silom!
Our bus from Siem Reap arrived at Hua Lamphong at around 3 in the afternoon. We first bought sleeper train tickets going to Chiang Mai then walked our way to Silom. I know it’s quite far but we needed some exercise after that long bus ride so we decided to walk. Good thing we had our backpacks or else people would have fired their water guns at us!
After checking in at Thrive Hostel, we went to Soi 4 and Patpong area to celebrate with the locals. Thai Dance Remixes (like this) are playing all over the area, with almost every bar hosing down crowd of people at the streets. Partying usually starts late afternoon and doesn’t stop until way past midnight.
We had so much fun after that first night, but we didn’t have any weapon. So when we joined the bigger party at the main highway 2 days after, we were ready with a gun!
People usually enter through a security check at Sala Daeng Junction. Then you just walk Silom Road, slowly because of the huge crowd, and fire water at every person you see. There are refilling stations everywhere for 10-20 Baht, so don’t worry of going out of ammos. Also, be prepared, put your valuables in a waterproof case and wear eye protection. No joke, there’s no way to keep anything dry, even if you’re just standing on a sidewalk.
Songkran was definitely one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It’s very festive and everyone is happy soaking each other. Now don’t ask me about the excessive water usage because I’m sure it was A LOT. Would there have been a more environmental friendly way to celebrate it? Sure! But for now, I don’t think it’s changing anytime soon.