Songkran is absolutely the most exciting holiday in Thailand.
Songkran is a Thai holiday celebrating the Thai new year. It started off as a religious ritual in the 13th century to wash away the sins of the prior year, and now it has escalated into the world’s largest water fight. During Songkran festival, the whole country gets wet and wild.
If you want to fully enjoy Songkran festival in Bangkok, make sure you read on!
1. Songkran Festival Overview
✔️ Where: Almost all provinces of Thailand
✔️ When: April 13th to 15th every year
✔️ What to do
- Water fight: No matter how hard you try to avoid it, you will get soaked!
- Merit-making: Visit temples and experience traditional Buddhism Songkran rituals. (e.g. To carry sand to temples and form sand pagodas, watch bathing rites of Buddha images)
2. What to prepare for Songkran in Bangkok
What to Bring
– Water pistols and Super Soakers (They will be on sale everywhere.)
– Extra clothing to change (Many street vendors for clothes will be closed.)
– Waterproof case for your phone, camera, and bag
– Sunglasses (Not too expensive one, as there are some risks that it will be ruined.)
– Cold medicine (You might catch a cold as you will be wet all day & night.)
Keep in Mind
– Learn the phrase “Sawadee Pee Mai!” which means a happy new year in Thai.
– There’s no way to avoid getting wet. Just accept it and have fun.
– However, if you want to stay dry, stay inside.
– You might get daubed in a grey-white lime paste. It stings if it gets in your eyes, so be sure to wear sunglasses!
– Monks are highly respected in Thailand, do now throw water at them.
3. How to enjoy Songkran in Bangkok
1) Go to the best spots for water flight in Bangkok.
– Khao San Road: This historical center of the tourist area is turned into a water battleground during Songkran. Not only travelers but also locals gather here.
– Silom: The most popular Songkran spot for Thais. The highlight is to spot red fire trucks with powerful water hoses.
– Siam Square: There are always various events and EDM festival during Songkran which make you want to dance and water fight at the same time!
– RCA (Clubbing area): If you love partying, RCA is the place to go during Songkran at night! It offers the best experience combining clubbing and water fight.
2) Get on a tuk-tuk for the ultimate water battle.
It is a great way to sightsee around the city and get into a water battle at once. There is a possibility that you will be a sitting duck when the traffic is jammed. But that’s all part of the fun!
3) Go to the next-level Songkran parties.
If the usual water fight gets old to you, head to these next-level Songkran parties!
– Pool party
– Foam party
If you want to party it out all day long during Songkran, click here.
+) For the local culture explorers who want to experience Songkran
Songkran is undoubtedly the biggest festival in Thailand, and the whole country becomes a playground for water fights. But wouldn’t it be nice if you can explore some real local life as well as the Songkran festival? If you want to discover the local culture & Songkran in 1 day, click here.
4. Where else to party during Songkran
If you want to take Songkran party to the next level, consider heading to these water parks. Pattaya is a home to world-class water parks, and they are some of the coolest places to be at during Songkran, as they turn into huge pool parties.
– Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark Pattaya: The world’s first cartoon network themed water park.
– Ramayana Waterpark Pattaya: the newest and the biggest water park in Thailand.
The following pools and rides will be closed until mentioned dates due to an annual repainting job.
- Aquacoaster Pool: November 6~10th 2018
- Boomerango: November 11~16th 2018
- Python: November 16~18th 2018
Please be aware of the above dates when purchasing tickets to Ramayana Water Park.
If you want to know which water park would suit you better, also read: Pattaya Water Parks – Ramayana vs Cartoon Network
Last but not least, don’t forget to visit Trazy.com for more travel tips and ideas for your next trip to Thailand!
Wyndham Hllis, Ben Reeves via flickr