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How to avoid getting soaked at Songkran - Thailand's water festival

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Amy spent a gorgeous two weeks in Thailand this Spring. Here is her guide to her favourite city in the world ..
Siam Hotel, BangkokSiam Hotel Interior
"For my ‘landmark’ birthday this April I was whisked off to my favourite city in the world; Bangkok, where we stayed at the Siam, a gorgeous, plant and antique filled boutique hotel on the banks of the river Chaophyra. 
Siam Hotel Exterior, Bangkok
My partner had accidentally booked our trip to coincide with Songkran, Thai New Year, a time for locals to take time off and spray each other with water; all day, every day, for three days. I’d love to say I embraced the festival, but instead found myself mostly in a state of panic, being chased down the street by locals armed with buckets of water.
Thankfully the coffee scene in Bangkok has emerged into a real passion project with young local creatives so we took shelter from the world’s biggest water fight by sampling tasty coffees in some really beautiful spaces. 
Our favourite spots included
Hong Sieng Kong Coffee
Wallflowers Cafe, Bangkok
Mother Roaster Cafe, Bangkok
Other highlights of our trip included eating mango sticky rice on tiny stools, eating all the wonderful Thai food we could find, walking around the creative district with all the beautiful street art, as well as mooching in some cool lifestyle stores, like Warehouse 30.
Bangkok Street ArtWarehouse 30, BangkokBangkok River WalkBangkok Street Food
Bangkok was a beautiful, humid, tasty adventure with a side of watery terror. On the flight home I reflected on how nice it is to love where you live, that coming home after such an amazing trip isn’t such a bad thing… just don't come near me with a super soaker!"

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