Songkran 2016: Or Another Year Where I Did Not Take Any Pictures

Okay, so my title is a bit of an exaggeration. No, not the Songkran part, the picture. Just this past week, on April 13th, the Thai New Years Songkran Festival went on in all its awesome glory.

What I exaggerated about was the no pictures. The past two years (read about them here and here) I strived to get some pictures somehow despite the massive amounts of water being thrown at me at any time. I promised myself each year while I wrote my blog posts about the happy occasion that I would finally get/borrow a waterproof camera like a GoPro or something. Well for the third year in a row, this is the one thing I have flaked on AGAIN! Sometimes I just frustrate myself. (If anyone here in Phuket wants to lend/give me one for next year let me know! Help! Haha)

This year, we had an awesome group of friends joining us in our escapade to get as wet as humanely possible in one day. We had a couple of friends from Bangkok here visiting and about 7 others that are Phuket expats and locals.

We loaded up our truck with two (cleaned and sanitized) garbage bins, laid down some non-slip deck matting on the truck bed floor and packed up some rehydrating drinks and delicious snacks. Oh, and of course our WATER GUNS!

We made our way to the Rawaii/Nai Harn area of the island which is one of the areas of Phuket island that is allowed to have the water fights. To keep the whole island safe and keep drunk driving and water usage down, the island has designated areas where the water fights are allowed to proceed.

We drove around, going slowly and throwing water and getting water thrown at us for the next few hours. There were moments of torrential water being poured over us and moments of ICE COLD water being thrown at us (YIKES), but no matter the temperature of the water or the amount, we all had an awesome time!

I am going to share my photos that I took before we entered the water-y area… and maybe next year I will actually take some photos of the actual water fights (GoPro anyone?!?! Bueller… Bueller… hahah).

Z and I on our way to the water fight!
Z and I on our way to the water fight!
Some of our friends waiting to head out! We picked up three more adults and two kids! It was a full truck.
Some of our friends waiting to head out! We picked up three more adults and two kids! It was a full truck.

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We all trundled back to our house after the water fights to have a delicious BBQ done perfectly by Chad and some swimming (we needed more time in the water apparently) until the night came to an end.

We always enjoy Songkran and are already looking forward to next year.

Now it’s your turn! Would you enjoy a huge city/country-wide water fight to celebrate the New Year? Leave a comment and let’s chat!


  17 comments for “Songkran 2016: Or Another Year Where I Did Not Take Any Pictures

  1. Patricia
    April 16, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I would! Sounds fun! But Im curious as to the significance and what it means. Want to fill me in on Songkran history Jen??

    • andthreetogo
      April 16, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Of course!
      It’s the celebration of the Thai new year. It started as the washing of your elders hands as a way to start out the new year with good luck and a fresh start.
      It has obviously escalated. For a more in depth explanation check out my other two posts and

      • Patricia
        April 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

        Thanks! Makes more sense now?

        • andthreetogo
          April 16, 2016 at 10:09 am

          No problem! 🙂

  2. Sue Slaght
    April 16, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Sounds like SO much fun! Yes another time hopefully someone could lend you their GoPro to capture the action. 🙂
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    • andthreetogo
      April 16, 2016 at 8:43 am

      I may just have to cave and buy
      One for the cause (my Blog I mean haha).

  3. Lani
    April 16, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Happy Songkran! Yeah, pics, tricky. I think one year I walked around with a plastic bag over my camera. Of course, now that I have a waterproof camera, I’m not in Thailand. Of course, right?!
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    • andthreetogo
      April 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Of course! Maybe I should buy one of those… Which one do you have?

  4. Terri
    April 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    This sounds awesome! At first I read the word “glory” as “gory” and I thought it was already time for that other “festival” where people have ouchy things done to their bodies. So I was pleasantly surprised to read about water fights! I think this would a FUN thing for a town/city in the States to do! It sounds like you all had a fantastic day!!! Yay!

    • andthreetogo
      April 16, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      I really do wish that they would hold something like this in my
      Hometown. But when I think of the issues that face California/USA and their litigious ways, it may be more dangerous than fun 🙁 guess I will just have to have people come visit me here to participate (hint hint) 😉

      • Terri
        April 20, 2016 at 7:11 pm

        I hear you! And we’re not going anywhere too far with this toddler. She screamed and screamed and I had to hold her down on the last trip till she fell into a long nap. It was painful. I was so nervous people would think I was a horrible mother holding her down like that. But she was so tired and needed to sleep! Just can’t wait till she’ll watch the iPad! 🙂
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        • andthreetogo
          April 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

          I feel your pain… I am sure there were some passengers that were miffed, but who cares about them. You were doing what was best for your child. Though I know that feeling of worrying that people are thinking I’m a mean mom… I hate it. It is so much easier to give advice than take it isn’t it? Hahah

          • Terri
            April 22, 2016 at 1:25 am


  5. expatlingo
    April 17, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Sounds seriously fun! Once the weather heats up I may throw my own mini-Songkran.
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    • andthreetogo
      April 19, 2016 at 11:58 am

      That sounds like a perfect plan! Is it still chilly there? Here it has been about 45C every day… it is even too hot for me… I didn’t​ know I could sweat so much!

  6. Roma
    May 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I’m only kind of sad we missed it this year… it can be really exhausting if you’re not used to it!!! Our friend had a GoPro when we did Songkran last year (I, shockingly, actually blogged about that!), so you can totally borrow those photos for next year! 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      May 13, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      I remember that post! I should have asked for them! haha. I have decided that we need to get a GoPro anyways because I want to take videos of Z swimming around underwater. She is starting to do somersaults and stuff and it looks so cool.
      BTW… almost have all my photos uploaded in Google Photos, I never realized I had so many photos. It’s crazy. Thanks for the suggestion!

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