Originally Posted by chowmeikwan
Hi, I bringing my son to go Bangkok for Songkran festival on 13 April, what should i need to bring for my baby (below 2 years old) and what should i avoid dangerous things or place which i shouldn't bring him to do or go?
Please be aware that during Songkran you will get seriously wet - make that SOAKED! It won't matter if you have your finest expensive clothes on holding a very expensive camera or wearing a t-shirt and shorts! Many "celebrating" Songkran will try to avoid directly swamping your kid but he could get blasted with lots of water, possibly dirty, right in the face! sometimes there are accidents when people on motorcycles have water thrown at them.
Don't expect a few squirts from a squirt gun. Expect pails of water thrown at you from moving pickup trucks, water poured on you from balconies and out of windows above the street. Then there will be barrels of water - clean or not - with revelers refilling pails and supersoakers
and pouring it on.
I want you to get an idea of what can happen in some of the places in that celebrate Songkran big time. There is no water tossing in closed shops and stores. No water throwing in malls, hotels, restaurants and enclosed bars. But outside beer bars could get a little wet. Songkran is where all walks of life are targets of opportunity! Some expats leave town or even leave the country for a few days. I don't care about adults getting soaked but be careful with your kid.
Khao San Road gets into it pretty good! I think it is worse in Pattaya. Usually worse in the afternoon and evening. songkran bangkok - Google Search Gallery: Wet and wild during Songkran in Bangkok | CNNGo.com
Google check will give you more links. What to bring for Songkran - nothing! Where this activity is heavy there will be all sorts of water squirt guns and supersoakers for sale. If you mean what to bring for your kid - well there are modern supermarkets available for food. McDonalds and other fast food places available if he is fussy. Unless he is still on special foods introduce him to fried rice. Fried rice is cheap and always available. You can sample all of the street food you want because if you get sick it won't be as serious as a little kid getting sick. If your kid has any peanut allergies be very cautious!
I like Songkran but I do a lot of dodging and avoiding serious infestations of revelers. Keep wallets, electronics and anything that would be damaged by water in plastic bags. Keep your mouth shut when water is coming your way. Wear cheap clothes that won't be destroyed by water. Snooty, stuck up rich looking tourists who think they are above the common folks are often special targets!
But it can be fun if you don't go overboard.