A Filipino Traveler’s First Songkran Festival in Phuket Thailand

Years ago, I read about how fun it is to experience Songkran in Thailand, a water festival celebrated in some parts of Asian countries which are a cleansing ritual to welcome the New Year. I have also read blogs all over the net and saw photos that certainly inviting me to come join the fun. When I booked my ticket to Thailand I didn’t actually think of Songkran, all I ever wanted and excited about was to finally embark to another country for the first time. Days before my flight, I read from the facebook group where I am a member talking about the dates and asking some tips for Songkran in Phuket. It was at that time that I noticed that I will be arriving in Phuket on the exact day of their Songkran celebration.

Around 8:15 in the morning when the plane landed at Phuket International airport, my heart beats so fast that my anxiety killed me before I face the immigration to stamp my passport. Arriving for the first time in a foreign land was so surreal. Thailand is the first country that I jumped into and it was coincidentally the day of their Songkran festival celebration.

A bit worried that I might get wet when I arrive, I put some rain cover on my two backpacks and secured my gadgets including my heavy laptop into my dry bag. I rented a car just to make sure that I will be all dry when I arrive at the hostel that I booked in Patong.

Although the celebration is everywhere in Phuket, yet, Bangla Street in the busy town of Patong was where the main party. I stayed in Lupta Hostel which is situated right at the corner of Bangla so it wasn’t that hard for me looking for where the fun is. Since I am so resourceful of reading all the details before coming to this place (don’t trust me just think of the opposite one!) I have no idea what I should be doing. Turns out, the staff in Lupta Hostel are so kind in giving me ideas, plus, my roommates who are both Asians share some things about what to do. Also, on that same day, I met one of the members in FB group, whom I chatted a day before, we both decided that we should meet after lunch and we will go together for the Bangla busy street party.

Come lunchtime, we met halfway in the busy and noisy Bangla road. At this time, the crowd started shooting everyone with their different-colorful designs of water guns and spilled wet powders to everyone’s face. All I happily noticed were the huge smiles of the people celebrating the feast day.

I found water guns too expensive so I only bought the smaller one, which later got me into trouble. It wasn’t the best idea of buying the smaller version of water guns. I suggest huge water guns is a must for this commemoration. Bigger water guns will help you revenge in a fun way to the people whom you bang with. I pity myself for having such tiny size of water guns for I had a hard time shooting the people around. And oh, please buy a water gun days before or weeks before the fun to grab cheaper price.

The crowd was hyper, there were people screaming for joy. What also got my attention where the massive tourists flowing in, sharing their strong fight to anybody as well.

In case you don’t know, Bangla road is a street of bars, clubs, pubs, restos and etc. That is why during this Songkran feast day, most of these bars offer different ways of how to have fun, especially for drinks. There was foam party in one corner then when you walk right through another corner, a different set of party people crashing into someone else, splashing water to whoever passes by then. My friend and I were able to search for a place which we both feel comfortable. And I could say we had chosen the area where we best shoot and splash water to people. We were on the second floor of an open bar that until now, it still won’t register on my mind the name of the bar (hope the photos of the bar below will help you figuring out when you are in Phuket, let me know in the comment box if you happen to get the name). We stayed longer there had some refreshing drinks, we also danced with the locals and other party goers.

After which, we decided checking the main beach, so we plunged again into the busy street until we reached Patong beach. It was a quick visit,  by observing the local program that the local set in front of it. I decided to go back to the hostel right after this quick beach visit as I was exhausted from the flight and so with the festival. It was a wrap for me.

I come from a country (The Philippines) where we celebrate different types of festivities in every town, yet, I never heard of this Water Festival. So, this kind of fair is new to me, which I suggest you should experience this kind of Festival in Thailand.

Have you been to a Water Festival? How was it?

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A Filipino Traveler’s First Songkran Festival in Phuket Thailand

Author: Ferna Mae

Ferna is a spontaneous traveler from the Philippines who had a great experience traveling her own country first before she embarked to other countries. She thrives to be more independent in her own skin. Connect with her at everywherewithferna@gmail.com

11 thoughts on “A Filipino Traveler’s First Songkran Festival in Phuket Thailand

  1. That is really great, Ferna! You were able to travel to a foreign land AND joined a celebration. Very cool! Hope Sheila and I can travel abroad someday. 🙂

  2. Hi Ferna Mae,

    So much fun! We were in Chiang Mai for Songkran last month. Loved it. We spend the holiday in a sleepy Thai village outside of town. More chill but we enjoyed our time sipping Thai rum and getting wet. And tossing water 😉

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. Wow, it must have been an awesome experience! Losing a gear while traveling would probably one of the worst case scenario when travelling in Thailand, I’m glad you came through! Looking forward for more adventures, Ferna! Salamat!

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