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Songkran

The world's biggest water fight!

Songkran

[ When ]Mid April each year

[ City ]Thailand

[ Good For ]People who don’t mind getting their hair wet

[ Weather ]Ideal summer weather

[ Crowd ]In the millions

[ Cost ]FREE

[ Sex Work ]

Tolerated and partly regulated

[ Sexy Score ]  

A key event of the Songkran festival is the world's largest water fight, lasting up to five days. It's a celebration of Thailand's traditional New Year and an important date on the Buddhist calendar.
People come together to rejoice in the role water plays in life and society. Most people, including children, arm themselves with water guns and water buckets. Travellers and the local Thai community splash water upon others until all are completely soaked.

Getting There

Thailand is pretty close to Australia and you can find direct and fairly cheap air tickets.Public transport is described can be varied and chaotic. This just adds to the adventure! The main ways to travel are by bus, tuk-tuk or motorbike. If you want to join the water fight fun, all you need to do is step outside. The street will be filled with people just waiting to splash you with their water supplies! 

Where to Stay

Thailand is filled with many hotels, motels and hostels so you are sure to find something that suits your style and budget. Why not book something along the beach or at a luxurious resort? Go on, spoil yourself! Whatever you do, remember to book in early. 

Sexy Score

The festival itself is rooted in Buddhism, so it’s safe to say the main focus here is not celebrating the booty. 

Sex in other Cities Tipsheet
  • Buy protection for your camera- note to self: cameras are usually not water proof. 
  • Avoid big roads. Road accidents are a high risk. Also, if you are walking cars will often slow down and splash you deliberately.
  • Dress for the weather – make sure you wear shoes with a little grip to avoid slipping
  • Leave your valuables at home- keep them dry and safe
  • Thai people are generally traditionally conservative, but some young men will take advantage of Songkran to grope women. It’s a good idea to wear white to lower the risk of unwanted physical contact.
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What could go wrong

Another name for Songkran is the 'Seven Days of Danger.' Hundreds of people die and thousands are injured during the week's festivities.

A large portion of these deaths and injuries are caused by road accidents. Thailand is well known for their traffic fatalities, being the second worst in the world. When excessive alcohol consumption is combined with wet roads the increase in road traumas is not surprising.

Polls have shown that around half of women who attended the water festival in previous years reported being groped and sexually harrassed by drunken men during the event. 

Where to get help

Thailand has a shortage of formal ambulances, and so in some places like Bangkok, the majority of first-responder system is informal, made up of volunteers in modified vans and pickup trucks. During the festival Ruam Kratanyu informal ambulance team provide first-aid and also join in on the fun. These ambulances will be easy to spot and the volunteers are eager to help out.

Sexual Health clinic

There are government STI clinics throughout the country, although it’s difficult to know where they are exactly. Local health professionals might be able to point you in the right direction.

Another option would be the 18 PDA clinics. These are community based clinics that distribute contraceptives and condoms, referrals and sexual health education. It’s possible that they conduct tests themselves, but if they don’t they will surely know where to send you.

Population and Community Development Association

8 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand.

Tel +66 2 229 4611, fax +66 2 229 4632

If you know any more details about these clinics, let us know so we can share the information with others.

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Want to know more?

Sex on holiday happens.

Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of our inhibitions
and may take more risks than we would at home. 

This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting.
Accepting this before we go is the first step to planning.


To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account
and awesome memories, here are some useful tips:


  • Carry condoms. Pack condoms before you leave home. Condoms aren’t always readily available or good quality so grab some before you leave and carry a supply in your handbag or wallet. Holidays and a sense of freedom doesn’t make you less susceptible to STIs so take care every time you have sex.
  • Have an STI test before you go and after you get back. Click here for testing locations.
  • Sex workers in other countries are not always in a safe environment or hold the same standards of safer sex and STI testing as they do in Australia. Use condoms and insist on using them.
  • Holidays can encourage us to try drugs and drink more alcohol than we might at home. Your body is still your body, regardless of where you are – know your limits and keep to them. Drugs and alcohol can impair our ability to keep our wits about us and recognise dangers – in a foreign place this becomes even more important. 

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  • Comment Link anonymous Tuesday, 05 August 2014 05:24 posted by anonymous

    Why is this the only page about thailand?