This fun water splashing festival actually started around 2005 as many Malaysians would head across the border to participate and enjoy the Songkran Festival. For the Thai people, usually they would wrap up the fun just after dinner but the Malaysians would continue in celebrating this thus was born the Midnight Songkran in Hat Yai. These days, the soaking even starts in the morning on the eve of the festival. So, if you are headed here ahead, you would be in for a load of splashing fun in Hat Yai.
Spectators and locals exchange splashes on the streets of Hat Yai
Below is a series of pictures taken by me during the Midnight Songkran 2012 in Hat Yai. I literally wrapped my DSLR camera with a plastic bag as I knew that I was bound to get soaked here. The trick is to be ready for splashes from all directions but the best tip is to bring a underwater casing for your camera if you have one. I managed to capture Songkran 2012 pictures in the day and also night therefore this article focuses on the night activity.
For those heading here this year, make sure you are well prepared and also very supportive in all ways. This means, all kinds of people are going to be splashing water at you. From normal water to ice cold freezing water. Below are various pictures taken throughout the town of Hat Yai during the midnight Songkran water festival. Click on them to see the full size.
Midnight Songkran Photos
Official Hatyai Midnight Songkran poster
The streets of Hat Yai get really crowded after 8pm
Local powder sold for the Songkran
Hat Yai goes into a water battle at night
Locals ride around in pick up trucks and soak anyone in the way with cold water
A Muay Thai Boxer gets ready for showdown
Locals getting powdered on the streets
Left - Thai Girl with a Minnie Mouse Water Gun, Right - Kids playing with foam
During the night Foam Party on the streets of Hat Yai
Some of the delicious Thai food available all around Hat Yai during the Songkran Festival
Thai ladies soaked while riding bikes
Police and Military doing checks on people coming to the Songkran
Free concerts and shows were found throughout Hat Yai town
On the streets of Hat Yai, no one was spared
Tourist were seen having a fun time during the midnight Songkran
Happy and cheerful Teenagers roam the streets
Even the Thai Police was seen in a jovial mood at the Midnight Songkran
Water being thrown at people but I was at the back...
For those exploring further, here is an article of Where to go in Hat Yai which lists the many interesting places around Southern Thailand. If you are planning to go there, make sure you book your hotels in the main part of town, that is the most strategic location. If you are driving there, make sure you get your documents all prepared and go one day earlier.
Hatyai Midnight Songkran 2013
Date: 13 - 15 April 2013
Venue: All over the city
More info: Tourism Thailand Website
For those interested in witnessing this amazing water festival next year, you should book ahead as it starts on the 12th of April, one day before the actual festival. If you have witnessed the general water festival in other parts of Thailand, then you should really experience the Hat Yai Midnight Songkran.