Official: Songkran 2019 Now a 5-Day Weekend

Official: Songkran 2019 Now a 5-Day Weekend

The Thai Cabinet on February 12, 2019, announced a five-day Songkran festival holiday.

With this announcement, Songkran 2019 will officially be from April 12 to April 16, 2019.

Songkran 2019 a 5-Day Weekend
Songkran 2019 is now a 5-day holiday. Photo credit to

It is a 2-day extension from the regular April 13 to 15.

Traffic congestion is expected to happen as Thais will be going travelling back home to visit their families, so for those who have planned to celebrate Songkran 2019 in Thailand, please be prepared.

Read: 5 Tips for Tourists Going to Thailand for Songkran

If you plan to take a train to Thailand to celebrate Songkran 2019, read Train 46 Padang Besar to Bangkok and No More Butterworth-Bangkok International Express 36; Now Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46.

Songkran 2019 a 5-Day Weekend
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If you will be in Hatyai during Songkran, you may be interested in this Songkhla to-do list.

The Alcohol Control Committee (ACC) is mulling a ban on alcohol sales on April 13. If the resolution is approved, that would mean people who would like to indulge in alcohol on the Thai New Year will probably need to buy it earlier.

As of April 6, 2019, it seems the authority is still undecided whether to proceed with the ban of booze.

However, one thing that is ban during Songkran 2019, is foam parties, which in the past had reportedly caused several deaths and injuries by electrocution.

On top of that, one of the biggest annual Songkran parties at Bangkok’s famed Khaosan Road has also been cancelled to pave way for the Thai King’s coronation, which will be held from May 4 to 6, 2019.

Read: 5 Thai Laws You Need to Know Before Travelling to Thailand

My 2018: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

15 more days to the end of 2018, and as I’m counting how many days I’ve left (instead of the usual “how many days to go”) till I will be leaving my current place, a rush of mixed emotions just hits me.

In fact, such emotions have been going on for a while now, especially since I have tendered my resignation. I’m both happy and sad to have made the decision. It’s a great and a nasty feeling at the same time to be resigning from my current college in pursuit of bigger things in my life, leaving behind certain things and people I cherish.

This reminds me of when I had to leave Thailand some two years ago to pursue a better future for myself and my then fiancée, who is now my wife.

Read: From “Teacher Ken” Back To “Sir Ken”: Months of Whirlwind, Engagement, No Break

The only regretful thing is to have only opened up to more people at work and made more friends a bit later into my stint here. But then again, everything happened for a reason – how would I have found the time and energy for socialising and sessions of Teh Tarik when I was busy saving up and prepping for my wedding earlier?

Anyway, now that the year is coming to an end, below I reflect upon the good and the bad of my 2018.

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I’m Ken, a passionate traveller from Sarawak on the exotic island of Borneo. Currently a teacher in a rural town in Southern Thailand, from time to time I share on this blog my experiences teaching the kids and living a laid-back lifestyle here. With its focus on all things Thailand, also features a handful of stories about my travel adventures in other Asian countries.