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Songkran Pictures

Songkran Photos

Here is a collection of Songkran Pictures celebrated in Hat Yai, Southern Thailand. The massive water festival is celebrated in the month of April and on the eve of Songkran.

During this time, a special Midnight Songkran is also held here with a series of other fringe events taking place. The roads in the city will be crowded with many locals and foreigners who come out to celebrate the Thai New Year.

Among the activities, there are local concerts held just in front of the Central Shopping Complex while throughout the main city area, there will be many other events like Muay Thai, Thai Water Boxing, a Songkran Beauty Contest and a hive of other activities. Food-wise, there are many choices of local Thai food sold throughout the streets here.

Pictures of Songkran Festival

The Songkran pictures here was part of the Songkran 2012 festival and is all about people having good fun. Through the country, Thai people and foreigners celebrate this festival with passion and friendliness.

Pickup trucks, tuk-tuks, motorbikes are usually seen in full force having a wonderful time. As this is my first ever water festival, I took the opportunity to roam the streets of Hat Yai, armed with my plastic bag covered camera, t-shirt, shorts, and slippers.

Why a plastic bag? Because you will, I repeat, you will get splashed with water. But it is all in good fun, so you cannot get angry.

Below are various Songkran photos were taken in Hatyai during the Songkran 2012 festival. 

Photo of Songkran Girls
Beautiful Thai girl in Hat Yai during the water festival

Photos of Songkran
 Passengers on tuk-tuks were not spared too

Pictures of Songkran
 Songkran Expressions

 Left: A kid with a water gun backpack, Right: Girls gets splashed big time

Water Festival in Thailand
Even other races are seen enjoying Songkran in Hat Yai, Thailand

  Kids during Songkran
Thai kids prepare for the fun

Songkran Water Festival
Splashing along the streets of Hat Yai

Songkran Hat Yai
Young kid geared up with a huge water gun during the Songkran

Where is Songkran Held in Thailand?

If you have never been to this unique Songkran water festival in Thailand, I would recommend you attend this one day.

Songkran is celebrated throughout the 77 provinces of Thailand, and very well known in the larger cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, and Hat Yai.

The one thing about the Thai water festival is that during the three days, everyone gets soaked in good fun so if you dislike water, especially cold water, this is not for you. 

As for me, I really enjoyed walking the streets of Hat Yai, seeing how the locals celebrate the water festival. It runs from morning till night and is usually very intense in the city area.

Even on the outskirts, the festival is active with locals driving around in their pickup trucks loaded with huge containers of water splashing anyone that comes to sight.

Overall, I have to stress that the one thing you must remember, is to protect your phone and wallet/purse with plastic during the Songkran Festival.


I also have another article on the Hat Yai Midnight Songkran which starts from 8.00 PM till midnight. This is another experience for the water festival.

Songkran takes place every April and for the next one, I hope to attend it so that I can capture many more interesting Songkran pictures to be featured again.


lilypond said...

Lots of wet fun, it seems. I would prefer this festival - hands down - over La Tomatina which is the tomato throwing festival in Spain.

Sophie said...

New Years in the southern world seems so different from up here in the north. Songkran looks lively!

Christina said...

You have got to love that last picture of the youngster all geared up! He looks like he's having some serious fun :)

Fida said...

What a fun festival. You captured it wonderfully!

Cathy Sweeney said...

All that splashing water looks like a lot of fun. Love the boy with the huge water gun. Cool festival to be part of.

Malaysia Asia said...

lilypond - Yes, that is one festival which I would like to attend! La Tomatina is on my list!

Sophie - They have the Midnight Songkran which is awesome!

Christina - Yes, many were geared up while many were caught off guard!

Fida - Thank you so much. With a plastic bag over my camera too!

Cathy - Hope you have the opportunity to experience this one fay here. Thanks.

Jeremy Branham said...

That big dude without the shirt on was having way too much fun throwing water on other people!

Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista said...

This is like one great big water fight! I love it. Enjoyed seeing your pictures and learning about this unusual and fun festival.

Malaysia Asia said...

Thanks Debbie. You should come for this one day. Utter fun!

Ayngelina said...

Love the photos, it reminds me of Carnaval in South America

Victoria Philpott said...

Wow, I have to go to this next year! Brilliant photos by the way!

Malaysia Asia said...

Thanks very much Ayngelina and Victoria.

Hannah Pearson said...

Looks like some serious fun! I have to make it next year... nice job on capturing the water being thrown as well :)

immigration lawyers said...

There's a lot of beautiful places in Malaysia and I'm wondering how they celebrate some special occasion. I know it is big day for them. Not only places are great but also the foods.

Jeremy Branham said...

Man, that looks like a lot of fun. Songkran is a good reminder that we all need to be kids again!