Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wanderlust - Songkran Survival Guide

Hope 2015 have been treating everyone well! I have been kept very busy with restructuring at work and projects that I'm really excited about. Not forgetting birthdays after birthdays; speaking of which i'll be turning 26 in May. I'm two minds about it.. But oh wells, age is just a number guys!

And to the Queen of my heart, Happy Birthday Mama! My backbone, my Wonderwoman. Thank you for your unconditional love, your guidance, for being the strength that holds me up in the storm of life. Thank you for helping me become who I am today and I hope to be just as loving a wife/mother/daughter/daughter-in-law/sister/sister-in-law in future.

As April approaches, I can't help but reminisce on my Songkran trip. This time last year, I recalled doing my research on Songkran festival and wished someone could've shared these Songkran Survival Guide. Songkran is Thailand's water festival, which is celebrated on their New Year. This year it falls from 13 - 15 April 2015. So for you first timers all psyched up for your trip, here's 10 Songkran Survival Guide! Buckle up and listen!

#1 Plan your trip!
Bury this one fact in your head. You will never in a million times, get IN or OUT of this place DRY.
  • I would highly suggest that you arrive in Thailand 2 days before Songkran to avoid the sucky traffic than ending up walking to your hotel/hostel lugging your bags through a fully blown water warfare.
  • Pre-book your airport transfers at least a week before your trip. Since Songkran is a Public Holiday, most of the stalls will be closed and that includes the taxi drivers/operators too! 
  • Traffic is horrendous. If you need to catch a flight on Songkran, leave your hotel at least an hour earlier than the usual commuting time.
  • If you didn't manage to walk to your transfer dry, remember to keep a pair of dry clothes to change at the airport. That would really help!
  • I don't need to tell you this. But after witnessing this with own eyes, I just have to. Ladies, if your period is due during your trip, pleaseeeee.... I beg you! Go see a doctor to get it delayed atleast a week before your trip. Or just do something about it! Urgh! Its bloody disgusting okay! 
#2 Size dont matter? LIES!
Go big or go home! 

Waterguns are sold everywhere along the streets. So you dont need to pack one in your luggage. 

Go big! Don't waste your time and money on small guns. Pick your guns like how you would pick your man! Hahaha! Pick those turbo guns with bigger reservoirs that shoots atleast a 2metres range. Its gonna be worth it. 

Price for waterguns ranges from 200thb to 500thb. 

#3 Not without protection!
NEVER leave your hotel room unprotected. Your gadgets I mean. ;p Covering your phone with a shower cap alone will not suffice! I know a cheap life hack may sound cool but don't come crying to me when shit happened cus all I'm telling you is "I told you so". 

Get some legit waterproof purses, covers and holders for your gadgets. It would cost you ard 100thb to 300thb depending on the size. 

Better be safe than sorry, unless you don't mind giving mobile vendors some business. 

#4 Save that penny
Refilling your waterguns would cost you 20thb per refill. Lucky for me, since my friends were patrons of a bar, they let us refill for free. But when it gets too crowded, they wouldn't even be able to distinguish between patrons and non-patrons. Be a smooth criminal ;)

#5 Dont slip! 
Nobody enjoys a wardrobe malfunction. Wear comfy dark coloured clothes to avoid it from turning translucent and one that you wont mind disposing at the end of the day. 

Give your fancy shoes a miss and stick to the good ol' flip flops, another one you wouldn't mind getting ruined. One in a reasonably good condition and friction would prevent you from slipping. 

#6 Watch out for road monsters! 
It gets crazy when you're walking by the main road. Most of the Thais will be on their trucks with buckets of water for a good splash to those on foot. And mind you its iced cold water that sends chills down your spine! Watch out for them!

#7 A need or a want
Put away all your fancy jewels. This is not the time to be all fancy schmancy. Nobody cares! Except the thieves ofcourse.

Bring only what you need! Okay I'll tell you what you need to carry with you:

  • Sufficient amount of cash - You can always go back to your room if you fall short of it
  • Sunglasses - Those nasty ones will shoot towards your eyes
  • Sunblock - For obvious reasons
  • Mobile - In case you and your friends get separated
  • Waterproof purse - To store all of the above
Nothing else. 

#8 Protect your skin
You'll be out all day under the scorching hot sun. Protect your skin with sunblock! You'll thank me for this.

#9 Powder Puff Girls
Beside water fights, brace yourselves to get smeared in the face with Prickly heat powders. I love the cooling effect! 

#10 Dont let them get in your way!
Ultimately, it's all in the name of fun! If you think such festivals will annoy the living hell out of you, then my suggestion is for you to give your flight ticket away to someone else. Someone like me maybe? Haha!

That's all folks! I wanna hear all about your trip and I hope I don't have any "I told you so" to reply to. Good luck!

"Change your thoughts and you change your world" - Norman Vincent Peale

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