Thai New Year is coming up on the 13th, so just a friendly reminder to first time and repeat Thailand travellers over this period to look after yourselves and your belongings while the water fights are in full flow....
Our top tips for Songkran Survival:
Apply sunscreen - frequently. It will wash off several times over throughout the day.
Drink lots of water - playing all day in the sun will dehydrate you, and we often get a surge of dehydration sickness & heat exhaustion/sun stroke on and around Songkran.
Please be aware of the environment and use sea water to refill your supersoakers - the gulf islands are very dry at the moment so our fresh water resources are more precious than ever.
Under no circumstances take expensive phones, cameras or other electronic equipment out with you if you can help it. You will get drenched and anything not waterproof will get ruined - fact!
Avoid driving motorbikes/quads anywhere. Full stop. You'll still get water and powder thrown in your face, which makes accidents a lot more prevalent.
Some of the powders used as part of the traditions have been replaced over the years by prickly heat powder and similar. So protect your eyes - it stings!
Have fun and Happy Songkran, its an awesome festival, never to be forgotten :)