Latest NewsPattaya News Prepare to get wet – Songkran is here! April 11, 2019 0 1552 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Don your raincoats and wellies, Songkran is here! The annual festival, which heralds the traditional beginning of the Thai New Year, starts this weekend throughout the kingdom. The 5-day national holiday begins Friday, April 12 and runs through Tuesday, April 16, when most banks and government offices will be closed. Many currency exchange booths, however, will remain open. Locally, the celebrations continue until later next week, on April 18 in Naklua and April 19 in Pattaya. Water throwing activities are meant to cease at sundown, but don’t count on it. If you’re going out on the town this coming week, best to leave your evening gowns and tuxedos in the closet.