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Songkran In Pattaya

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Songkran In Pattaya

During Songkran is there much happening in Pattaya besides water fights? Do tours etc close down or is there still plenty to do for us older tourists?

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1. Re: Songkran In Pattaya

A lot of the expats living here, run as far away as possible, because Songkran goes on for about a week here in Pattaya. But there should be lot's to do still.

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2. Re: Songkran In Pattaya

Indeed - water mayhem is what becomes of Pattaya during Songkran. I recommend wearing your swimming trunks throughout. ;)

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I too will be there during songkran and have been in touch with a travel agency there who say that the tours will still be running.I am intending to do the River Kwai 2 day tour and the Chantherburi sapphire mines tour during that week just to break it up a bit.I hope this helps

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4. Re: Songkran In Pattaya

Shrek1958,

I’ve lived in this town for years and am one of those residents who’ve come to dread this event. “Songkran” can go on for 7-9 days due to Pattaya having its own special “Songkran” on April 19th.

The revelers jump the gun and start the water fights days early.

Activity picks up during the weekend with the nightclub sois(alleys) and areas full of drunken partiers involved in water fights.

The tours don’t stop but count on being drenched when you step out of the bus.

However many stores, restaurants, and bars close due to staff going home to visit family.

Water pistols are not used but PVC water cannons, high-capacity plastic water rifles

and high-pressure hoses compete with buckets and barrels of water and ice water.

No one is immune, even the police get drenched.

Local Thai and foreign residents, who are dressed for work are inundated as well as the elderly and children, there is no mercy shown.

DUI’s go up as Thais take every bus/train/airplane seat to visit family.

Many extremely inebriated individuals team up, creating a “fortress” mentality

to attack neighboring bars and clubs.

Tourist crowds spike up higher during this time but many residents flee to Malaysia or the Philippines as they are tired of the chaos.

Count on traffic being jammed for hours on Beach Road, 2nd Road, the side sois (alleys) and Thanon Sukhimvit (Sukhimvit Road).

If one is prepared for the chaos and dressed for it in swimming trunks, flip-flops leaving one’s jewelry and documents at home it can be wildly enjoyable.

But after a few days the water fights get truly out of control and become a hazard to motorcyclists blinded by high-pressure water streams as well as many DUI-inflicted accidents.

Smart residents stock up on food and other perishables. They go out before the bars open at noon to shop and workout at the gym.

They place their cellphones inside condoms and place documents (copy of passport) inside Ziploc bags.

Many clubs insists that water fights occur outside as they can damage the sound system.

Malls, shops, condos, as well as outdoor dining areas and their parking lots of are

considered “safe” from water fights.

On the 19th which is the last day, the entire city becomes gridlocked with streets

jammed with cars and pick-ups carrying water barrels equipped with

high-pressure hoses to drench other revelers.

This chaos winds down around 2200-2300.

Be prepared!

Edited: 21 March 2013, 20:36
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6. Re: Songkran In Pattaya

Hi we was in pattaya last songkran for all of it, just be prepared yes things try to carry on as normal but the traffic is so bad pattaya is at grid lock especially on the 19th! i did enjoy it at first but after being wet constantly for several days the novelty wore off. My husband got a severe ear infection and is still under the doctor now with all the ice cold water getting shot into his ears. Just be aware that everyone is a target it doesn't matter how old you are, how you are dressed and if you are in a wheelchair etc etc.

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7. Re: Songkran In Pattaya

Still plenty of things to do but when you step outside you will be soaked during the day.

The night of the 18th the water fights do not stop.

The 19th everything is closed except bars...It's literally like Mardi Gras but with water and an entire city and one of the craziest things I have ever seen,

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8. Re: Songkran In Pattaya

if your into wet tee-shirt shows,its the best place in the world to be, but if you dont like buckets of ice cold water poured over your head and water pistoled by drunken westerners stay well away. a good idea gone bad !

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9. Re: Songkran In Pattaya

We are looking to go for Songkran 2014 in pattaya just wondering if getting a taxi in and out of the city between the 14-18 april to various local golf courses is going to be a problem. I am assuming that the golf courses are still open during songkran.

Any info would be much appreciated

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10. Re: Songkran In Pattaya

I got the bell bus to the Pattaya and they were refusing to do hotel drop-offs so I had to make my own way to the hotel. The roads - those that weren't closed - were a total gridlock!