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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui


Yesterday saw the celebration the Thai New Year or Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui. It was wet and it was fun! 
It was also not as busy as previous years and although the mood wasn't subdued, it was different compared to other years.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; The gang on the road. In front of Central Festival, just moments after arriving in Chaweng. Our oldest daughter was travelling around the island in the back of truck with her school friends.

This year I noticed a lot less Thai ravellers joining the fun, but more people from Myanmar joined the party and plenty of Chinese were there as well. Sometimes I had the impression that some of the Chinese came fully unprepared, which in itself caused a few funny situations.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Water attack in full effect. The worst ones are when ice water is used or when they catch you out in general.

My wife and our children went on a two hour trip in the back of a pick up in the morning, with a bunch of school friends from our eldest daughter. Once they returned, it was time to eat for all of them and the eldest daughter and her friends took off again, not to be seen again until after 10pm. She went around with the pick up and they visited a concert at Central Festival.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Before this years Songkran there was a big campaign to not wear secy clothes but rather 'traditional' Thai clothes. This girl was getting close to this years version of dressing sexy.

The rest of the family ended up in Chaweng with friends and we partied and celebrated in front of Central Festival. Towards the end of the day my wife eventually persuaded me to join them in the back of a pick up. It was fun, for the first kilometer.
When it turned out we actually went around the island I remembered why I'm not a big fan of sitting in the back of a pick up truck, being wet and riving long stretches of empty road at high speed. Mix that with ice water attacks and I had my share of sitting in the back of a pick up truck for the next couple of years.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Stopping of as many motorbikes as you can and hose them down and put baby powder on them. This is how it looks like.

It was interesting to see that Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui was celebrated all around the island, with hot spots in Lamai and Maenam. There were smaller parties and celebrations going on literally all around the island.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; If anybody is missing his blue bear, we spotted it yesterday in Chaweng

There were also plenty of funny moments but there fewer people dressed up in a funny or extra ordinary was compared to other years.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; All the ingredients for a party are there

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Walking Chaweng roads

Hope you had your fun yesterday! I'm very glad however that the celebrations are restricted to just one day on Koh Samui. That's enough for me. Places like Patong on Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and certain areas in Bangkok where the party last three to five days are just too much for me.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; The military was present and kept an eye on things throughout the day

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. 

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