Next month is Songkran or Thai New Year. The celebration starts from 13 to 15 April, and in some places the festival starts earlier and ends later. If you decide to visit Thailand during the festival to join the ‘splash water’ event, you are welcome. But, there is thing that you should know and be careful!
Have you ever heard of ‘Seven Dangerous Days’?
It is the period that people going back from Bangkok to their hometown, and many of them drink alcohol to celebrate the festival and then drive back home. We have two ‘Seven Dangerous Days’ a year; International New Year and Thai New Year. According to the statistics from Thairoads.org, every year (2006-2013) there are about 3,000 to 4000 road accidents during these seven days which result in 300-400 deaths. And the major cause of accidents is drunk driving.
For me, personally I try to avoid traveling between Bangkok and other provinces during these 7 days. It is not only because I am afraid of the accidents, but I also do not to travel in high traffic congestion.
So, if you plan to visit Thailand during the festival, don’t drink and drive. (If you drink, take a taxi back to your place.)
Enjoy the festival and have fun with your friends!