Living 

6 things to consider when celebrating Songkran

Woohooo. It’s Songkran season! Songkran is the Thai New Year and, since it is the most important festival of the year, it comes with 3 official public holidays (and more private holidays) in tow. Everybody loves Songkran and everybody knows it. Ask people what they think or know about Songkran, and not matter whether it is a foreigner or Thai, they will probably say: Water, Party, Holidays (hopefully followed by ‘Family Time’ or something nice like that). Songkran parties can be found literally everywhere. On the streets, temples, in front…

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Living 

Songkran Festival – Thai New Year festival – Water festival

It is again the time of the year when Thailand goes crazy! The Thai New Year Festival (Songkran) is almost there and it’s time to get the final preparations done. Since I already talked a lot about Songkran over the past two years let me just give some short links to existing articles here: Brief introduction of Songkran. What is Songkran and when does it take place? Background of Songkran (Water) Festival Experiencing Songkran in Sukhothai Songkran 2011 Recap Songkran 2012 Recap For the newbies a very brief (check out the links…

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Living 

[Baking News] Two Days Siege comes to an end

Bangkok, rest of Thailand. After two days of hot heated battles with powder bombs and water cannons a Siege that had a grip on Thailand, even on it’s capital Bangkok is finally coming to a halt. A highly ranked government official ordered participants in the wild exchange to surrender their guns and to leave occupied streets without any further actions. Areas occupied over the past two days included famous Silom road as well as tourist hotspot Khaosan Road in Bangkok. The events focused on well visited areas such as aforementioned Silom…

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Traveling 

Songkran Festival in Uttaradit – Time Flies, But Classy Never Dies.

Do you have any idea where Uttaradit Province is in Thailand? .. Hmm.. I bet none of you know it or just a very few might have heard of its name somewhere. What? Where? Why Uttaradit? Let me tell you briefly about Uttaradit Province. Uttaradit is a very small province in the lower part of the North of Thailand and upper part of the Central Thailand. It is so small that even not many Thai people know where it exactly is. Some think it is near Udon Thani. Some think it is in the…

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Living 

2015: Deadliest Songkran in 6 years

With Songkran (officially) over it’s time to look at the death toll this year. While official reports and polls claim that this year was way ‘better’ and more secure than the years before the numbers seem to tell a different story. According to official numbers by the Road Safety Centre Thailand saw 364 deaths during the 7-day Songkran holiday. Further 3,559 people have been injured. This means 42 more deaths than last year (2014) which also makes it the highest Songkran death toll since 2009 (373 deaths). The Road Safety…

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Living 

How to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Thai

Since I’ve been asked many times what to say during the Thai New Year’s Festival (Songkran / Water Festival) I thought I’d publish this short post to explain it briefly.   Sawadee (similar to sawadee krub/ka for ‘hello’). Pee = Year Mai = New   + polite ka (women) or krub (men)   So I’d say:   Sawadee pee mai krub!     If you want to learn the cultural Songkran song, check out Mod’s post.  

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songkran 2012 with ex-student Living 

Songkran 2012 recap

After talking about the background of Songkran, what you can expect and what I experienced last year in Chiang Mai now it’s time to recap Sogkran 2012 in Udon Thani. As already mentioned I stayed in Udon since chances are quite high I might leave here soon and I simply wanted to see some familiar faces one last time and have fun with the people I learned to like a lot during the past months. Said and done. So here’s the Songkran 2012 recap. Udon Thani style. In short: 1…

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Living 

Water War – Songkran Festival / Thai New Year

April 13th…that’s the time of the year everybody in Thailand is waiting for. The Thai New Year / Water Festival (Songkran festival) is officially celebrated from April 13th to April 15th. However, since it’s the main holiday season, celebrations usually last 5 days – in some main tourist party areas, like Pattaya, even longer. ol’pete via Compfight If you check out the link to my >>Songkran<< tag you can see some of my experiences from last year when I spent Songkran in Chiang Mai and Sukhothai. Chiang Mai is said…

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