I don’t normally like to travel during Songkran. The roads are horrendous. At the start and finish of the holidays there are bad traffic jams and in-between there are drunk drivers. But, I decided this year to take a break from celebrating Songkran in Bangkok and Samut Prakan and go to Ayutthaya instead for a couple of days. I’ve just booked my hotel room for Saturday night and so I am committed now. Should be fun though. Every year on Songkran Day I see a picture like the one above in the Bangkok Post. They set this up for the media the day before which is why I’m driving up there on Saturday. You can also see the elephants like this from 13-15 April.
My second reason to go is to take pictures of the early morning alms giving to 999 monks in front of Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit at 7 a.m. I usually take picture of this Songkran merit making ceremony in Paknam and so it will make a nice change to do this elsewhere. They then have water fights in front of the old city hall and the municipal office. I hear there will also be parades during the day. I will update this page if I hear more details. I will also tweet on @RichardBarrow.
Where will you celebrate Songkran?