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7 Tips for Enjoying Songkran and Staying Safe

Posted on 11 April 2013 by ABPC

Songkran, or the Thai New Year (or Water Festival as it is sometimes referred to) is now almost upon us and can be an enjoyable time of year for both Westerners and Thais alike if you take the sensible precautions.

For those of you who have not experience Songkran it is period of time when you expect to get very wet indeed regardless of where you go, whether that be in Pattaya, Bangkok or beyond.

There are a number of precautions that you should take into account to ensure that you and the people around you remain safe and well.

1. Drink Plenty of Water
It may sound obvious, but we are in the hot season. Very few of us spend long periods of time out in the sun. When we go to the beach we usually sit in the shade the majority of the time. Our bodies simply aren’t designed to function in direct sunlight. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

2. Wear Sun block
On a similar point to that made above. Reduce the chances of sun stroke by wearing and reapplying waterproof sun block. It will obviously get washed off by large amounts of water continuously being thrown at you.

3. Take Care of you Belongings
It goes without saying that mobile phones and electrical item do not appreciate the water. It may sound obvious but if you are a first time visitor you may not appreciate the quantities of water being thrown. Sealable plastic pouches are available in many places around towns. Alternatively, don’t take your valuable items out with you.

4. Beware of Pick Pockets
Sadly picket pockets operate everywhere especially in crowded areas. Take this into consideration and keep you valuables safe and less conspicuous.

5. Drink Alcohol in Moderation
Again it may sound obvious and I don’t want to spoil anyone’s party. Drinking less alcohol will help reduce your chances of getting dehydrated but also you will need to keep your wits about. Expect the unexpected, but excessive alcohol impinges on your judgement and potentially leaves you vulnerable.

6. Take Extra Care on the Roads
The roads will be extremely busy at this time of year. Many drivers may not be giving there full attention to what is happening on the road choosing the concentrate on the party. Water is often thrown at motorcyclists as they are passing. Often they are taken by surprise or take evasive action. Pedestrians and other road users should take this into account.

7. DON’T Drink and Drive!
Finally, but probably the most serious one – don’t drink and drive. Not only is it a foolish thing to do, with alcohol related accidents increasing year on year, but you stand a high chance of being caught. The police will be out in force and will not look kindly on this sort of behaviour. Punishments for this will be serious.

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