Songkran this year (keep an eye on the Unda Facebook page for more details). “My all-time best Songkran was when my mates and I travelled from Sukhumvit to Siam to Silom to Khao San Road by tuk tuk,” says Carter. “We were water-fighting the whole ride. About seven of us split 1,500 Baht (SG$60) on transport. It’s cheaper to hire a pick-up truck. One year we spent 1,000 Baht (S$40) on one for the day. We bought a garbage bin, filled it with water and partied on the back of the truck. There were hundreds of other pick-up trucks carrying people, all water-fighting. We
jumped from truck to truck – music blasted and people danced.” Bangkok’s streets will be packed with revellers around 10am, and get increasingly crowded as families spill out of the temples and onto the streets for the processions and water fights. Silom Road and Khao San Road are not for the faint-hearted, as that’s where the most intense antics go on all day and into the night – so bear this in mind when it comes to your travel plans. Wherever you decide to settle in, you can rest assured you’ll meet locals more than willing to take you under their (soaked) wing.
For Bangkok canal tours, visit thaicanaltour.com. Buses travel to Bang Saen along the Eastern Seaboard from the Eastern Bus Terminal, in the Ekkamai area of Bangkok. Airport buses and taxis transfer from Phuket International Airport to Kuraburi Pier, where boats sail to Koh Phra Thong.
Travel info Jetstar flies up to five times daily from Singapore to Bangkok and three times daily from Singapore to Phuket. To book, visit JETSTAR.COM