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Getting wet Pattaya Songkran 2013

Pattaya already has a solid reputation for a buzzing social scene that attracts millions of tourists every year. The month of April sees things move up a notch as the city explodes into a frenzy of water fighting festivities to mark the traditional Thai New Year.

The word ‘Songkran’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘samkranti’ referring to the astrological passage marking the traditional Thai New Year. Thai people traditionally celebrate Songkran by paying their respects to friends and family and visiting local temples where they receive blessings from monks and pour scented water over the shoulders of Buddha images. In the past, Thais also extended this gesture to friends and family. Over the years this peaceful and gentle gesture of cleansing has been adapted somewhat and now a citywide water fight, all in the name of fun, is the order of the day.

Songkran Pattaya

Pattaya has a certain way of embracing celebrations in its own unique level and the city’s Songkran festival is no different. Like many areas in Chonburi province Pattaya extends the Songkran festivities over a much longer period of time compared to other cities. This year is no different and the Deputy Mayor recently said that this year’s Songkran will be bigger than ever.

Pattaya’s already vibrant and sizzling atmosphere reaches boiling point in the hottest month of the year. What better way to beat the heat than to engage in a little water warfare and bring in the New Year in typical Pattaya style. Much of Pattaya’s business shut over this period leaving only bars, clubs and restaurants open to quench and sate locals and expats in between throwing buckets of water or blasting passersby with giant super-soakers.

Songkran Pattaya

Songkran Pattaya

Beach Road shuts to traffic and the entire strip floods with revelers. For those looking to catch a glimpse of the more traditional side of the Thai New Year on the 19th religious ceremonies will take place at Chiamongkol temple from 8:30 am onwards. A Buddha parade will depart from the temple and make its way up beach road and back at midday. On the 20th the annual rice festival will mark the closing of the festive period followed by a ghost parade at 6:30pm.

Get involved as Pattaya gets wet and wild as it brings in the New Year, and remember to look out for specials and promotions from local bars, restaurants and resorts. Beat the heat this April by dressing up in your most colourful clothes, grab a bucket or water gun and celebrate Songkran Pattaya style.

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