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It's hot and dry today, but that can't be said for Songkran 2017 in Chaweng yesterday. At least not the dry part! It was a lovely day with blue skies and hot, but by no means was it dry! The water fights were on all over the island as part of the Songkran tradition!
Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; A view of the chaos in front of the Central shopping mall
During the morning I played a bit with our children but the afternoon the whole family moved over to Chaweng to join the festivities there. Around 2.30pm we arrived with some of our friends and soon met up with more friends and their children. We were a big group of around ten people when we were all together.
Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; A foam party was very popular during the afternoon at Central shopping mall
Most of the time smaller groups split off from the main group though to enjoy certain areas of Chaweng. There was a good atmosphere in front of the Central shopping mall at Chaweng's beach road and the busiest part this year was without doubt at Bar Solo where crush barriers and security were deployed to keep the crowds in place and order.
Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; The busiest part of town, in front of Solo Bar, with iron crush barriers to keep the crowds in place
It was busy as each year that I spent on Songkran on Koh Samui although it didn't seem to get really busy until around 4pm. In general I felt that it wasn't as busy in Chaweng as during previous years but there was a good atmosphere and the crowds were lined up all around the island, on the main road and all the smaller sois.
Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; A very special gun, uncensored
There were plenty of special activities around the Central shopping mall in Chaweng, like the foam party and concerts later during the afternoon and evening.
The late hours saw lots of folk out and about in the bar areas of the island, both in Chaweng (Soi Green Mango and Soi Reggae) and in Lamai.
Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; These masks were all the rage this year, they came in various colors and somewhere under the mask you can find our son
If you were on Koh Samui yesterday or in general in Thailand, I hope you enjoyed this years Songkran version! I'm really pleased that the water fights only take place during one day on Koh Samui but there are a few places around the country where two or three days is the norm. That's a little bit too much of a good thing for me!
Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; Don't you just love the posing bit
Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; Good old fashioned games, play it with your friends
Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; Now where was that hotel that you booked?
Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course.
You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.
Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.