UK Embassy in Bangkok said British people in Thailand should take extra precautions if planning to travel around the country during the Songkran period, and where possible avoid using the roads. Valuables should be kept safe or placed in waterproof pouches and hidden out of sight to avoid loss, theft or damage. Due to the high number of road traffic incidents that occur during the Songkran holiday period, we urge British people to be alert and cautious when using the roads and to keep valuables protected from water and out of sight. Songkran literally means “astrological passage” in Sanskrit and the official celebrations last from 13th to 15th April, although visitors to Thailand will have seen that celebrations often go on for a longer period around this. Songkran is often referred to as the “Water Festival” after these traditional rituals, and the custom of young Thais splashing water over each other for fun. This custom has developed into water parties in the streets, which is probably the number one image of Songkran for foreigners.
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