Songkran Festival is one of the most fun things I’ve ever been a part of. I went to Thailand in April 2011 for my birthday but it also happened to coincide with the Thai New Year water festival. And the great thing was that it lasted for almost the whole time I was there.
The first day of Songkran was when our tour group were in Chiang Mai. The celebrations in most of Thailand seemed to be focused on that week but nearly two weeks later when I arrived in Koh Samet they were just ending their celebrations with a carnival.
In the video below the bits with a procession of people that ended on the beach were all filmed on Koh Samet. The atmosphere was fantastic, I felt so welcomed. There weren’t many tourists (actually I didn’t see any) and the local women were hugging me and putting their arms around me to walk down the street. They were genuinely happy that I was taking an interest, and I’ll never forget their kindness.
The big water fight by the canal was filmed in the centre of Chiang Mai, and the rest of the video was shot all over Thailand throughout the trip.