Phuket Tourism News: Happy Easter And It’s SONGKRAN!!!
By April 11, 2023 Phuket Tourism News Comments Off

Phuket Tourism News: Happy Easter And It’s SONGKRAN!!!

Phuket Tourism News: Happy Easter And It’s SONGKRAN!!!

Last updated on April 11, 2023 By

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 12 | April 9

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Songkran 2023

Songkran in Thailand is on 13 April every year, but the holiday period extends from 14 to 15 April. It’s known around the world as “The World’s largest water fight”



What is Songkran?

Songkran is the Thai New Year’s national holiday and is rich in cultural traditions. Thai’s will visit local temples and offer food to monks, as well as visiting Buddha statues and gently pouring water over these as well as over the hands of the elderly. These traditions represent the purification and the washing away of sins and bad luck.

Most of the world outside of Thailand sees the Songkran holiday for its water fights. Streets around the whole country are closed off to traffic and used as arenas for water fights, using anything and everything to throw water. Huge water guns, hoses, and large buckets filled with blocks of ice in the back of pick-up trucks, are all used for the celebrations. The water fights can last for days.

Then there are the huge speakers blasting out traditional music from every street corner, and dancing in the streets in bright colorful shirts. There are parades and parties everywhere across the country including the famous “Miss Songkran” competitions that includes ladies, boys, girls, men dressed as ladies, and anyone in-between.

In Phuket, Songkran is only one day, whereas in Bangkok the water fights will happen for 3 days.

The History of Songkran

Songkran is the Thai New Year’s national holiday. In the past, Songkran has always been the official NEW YEAR for Thailand, until 1888, when it was changed to April 1st. No Joke it really was. Then in 1940, the Thai New Year was officially switched to 1st January, and Songkran became a national holiday.

Bottom line, Songkran is one of the most fun festivals in the world and you have to experience it at least once. Just know that you will get very wet even if you don’t want to.

Upcoming Events in Phuket

Marriott Bonvoy on Wheels BLOC Party

Tiesto at Andamanda Water Park

Legendary Night of Music

Local Fest

Marriott Bonvoy on Wheels BLOC Party

Dimbulla Estate Phuket International Rugby Elevens 2023

Wedding Fair 2023 – Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town

Phuket Tourism News now in audio format

We have added the Phuket Tourism News in audio format and you can now listen to it on Apple Music and Spotify or on your favorite podcast provider.

Just search Phuket Tourism News or click the icons below: