The Water-Splashing Festival (mid-Apr)
Songkran is celebrated in mid-April and represents the traditional Thai New Year. As such it is the country’s major annual festival. Coming at the peak of the hot season, it involves splashing water over each other to help cool down and have some fun too.
Though it’s not a religious festival, there’s a lot of activity in local temples, where people build sandcastles and bring support sticks for the bo tree.
Often for weeks before the festival begins, kids in rural areas are out by the road, trying to spray everyone who passes. Things reach a fever pitch from 13–15 April, when Buddha images are paraded in the streets to be cleansed, and onlookers get a soaking too.
Advance booking of accommodation is strongly advised.