Songkran 2017

So what is going on around here and where does it happen? This section is for discussion on local events, festivals, and holidays as well as activities and things to do.
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by prcscct » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:43 pm

Beer splashing and water drinking? :shock: :duck:
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by STEVE G » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:18 am

The rumor tonight is songkran as normal except for an early start because of an enforced midnight finish.

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:00 am

I hope you're right Steve. Songkran is one of the big draws for tourism at the end of high season. IMHO it lets the bars finish the season on a high. If they mess around with it too much, regulars will not come back.

I've got a couple of friends in town who have come specifically for Songkran. One of them was told when he checked into his hotel yesterday that they hope he's not here for Songkran, because he'll be disappointed. Then he went to pick up a motorcycle and was told exactly the same thing. Yes, both groups of friends are here for the Songkran fun.
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by prcscct » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:13 am

Pattaya dates are reported to be the 11th thru the 19th, with the 19th being the biggest water throwing day. Have them take the ferry over as assuredly even if toned down, the Pattaya festivities should be exciting in comparison to HH. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:24 am

Yes, there are plenty of alternatives, but people come to Hua Hin because it's usually the evening of the 12th and day of the 13th. I know for me personally that is enough. I enjoy it, but hate the walk home, soaking wet, afterwards.

IMHO Hua Hin (normally) has it about right. I don't want a week of leaving home and being soaked to the skin before I get to the end of my road.
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Post by huahin4ever » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:01 am

Big Boy wrote:Yes, there are plenty of alternatives, but people come to Hua Hin because it's usually the evening of the 12th and day of the 13th. I know for me personally that is enough. I enjoy it, but hate the walk home, soaking wet, afterwards.

IMHO Hua Hin (normally) has it about right. I don't want a week of leaving home and being soaked to the skin before I get to the end of my road.
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by prcscct » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:24 am

Here's the official for the major areas over here in case any reader interested:

Nakula (north of Pattaya): 18th

Pattaya: 19th

Jomtien: 20th
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:40 am

Thanks for that Pete. One of my friends was planning to travel to Pattaya on the 19th, believing the madness would have finished.

Friends out in Binthabat last night are reporting a lot of bars were already closed for Songkran. Their words were, "A real ghost town, never seen it like that before."

It would be interesting to hear if others found the same. I only venture into that area after dark at Songkran. I guess a lot of money will be lost if true :cry:
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:56 am

Here it is - issued by the Tourist Police 15 minutes ago:
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:00 pm

There's also this (translation) issued by the real police:

It is time to spray water to warm up Songkran. If anyone does not want to go far. It is recommended to go to Hua Hin, not far from Bangkok. I will drive the car back to the evening, but if I do not drunk if I drunk. Come see better in Prachuap Khiri Khan, where to check out to splash water.

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◈ April 12, 60 "tradition" ghosts "at the junction of five dogs on the road at Sema Kham.

◈ April 13, 60 'BLUPORT SUMMER SONGKARN FESTIVAL' at the BlueBlue Hua Hin Trade Center, with live performances from kangaroos masks, "Chok Chok Productions", live in the middle of the river with beautiful DJs and models.

◈ April 13-16, 2560 "Happy, Happy, ... Songkran Festival 2560" at Cicada Market Hua Hin

◈ April 13, 2560. "The head of the jungle fun .. foam rock party" at the Market Village Hua Hin.

◈ April 13, 2017 "Songkran Festival of the Year 2560" at the park.

◈ April 15, 2560 "Pleased Songkran New Throne at Plearnwan" (April 10-17, 2560)

◈ 13-17 April 2560 "Happy Songkran floating market three thousand names" at Hua Hin Floating Market three thousand three thousand.

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by huahin4ever » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:03 pm

According to posts on Facebook the madness has begun. I just saw pictures from the area around London Bar. Good luck and stay wet (dry) fellow forum members.

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by HHTel » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:16 pm

It's going to be hard work transforming MV for the foam party tomorrow. The 'food festival' is still in full swing along with the 'fairground attractions'.

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:29 pm

Yes, but I saw the containers of foam being delivered earlier, and workmen are working to transform the area.
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:37 pm

5 Street Party is buzzing (sorry about sound)

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:49 pm

I've looked closely at the above video, and several others. Does not seem to be any water flying, or tools to deliver water by. Also seems to be a heavy police presence. No water splashing = beer available. :D
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