Songkran is Thailand’s New Year’s celebration – it’s held on 13–15 April each year – and it’s a fantastic to visit the vibrant and exciting city of Bangkok.
With maximum temperatures topping 95°F (35°C) at the hottest time of the year in Bangkok, it’s only natural that everyone happily engages in wet and wild water fights.
The water fights began as a way to pay respect to people, and also to mark the traditional Thai New Year. It’s a tradition that the city has embraced enthusiastically.
If you’re in Thailand during Songkran, get ready to get wet – inadvertently caught up in an enthusiastic water fight before you know it.
In Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and other big urban centres, everybody is a target – whether or not you want to be splashed.
Sometimes the splashing is just a gentle handful of water. Sometimes, it’s from a high-powered water gun. Or, if you’re unlucky, it’s from a big bucket of icy water.
It’s also common to be smeared with a paste of talcum powder and water – try not to get it in your eyes as it can burn.
Public drunkenness rises significantly during Songkran, as does traffic accidents. Make sure that you keep your wits around you while you’re immersing yourself in the festivities.
Popular tourist traffic areas such as Khao San Road in Bangkok and Walking Street in Pattaya get packed with people, and can turn into a messy, drunken disaster as the evenings wear on. That can be a lot of fun, but make sure you’re wearing clothes that dry easily and that aren’t too precious.
If you’re looking for parties, then Songkran is a great time to hit the nation’s capital Bangkok – pool parties, dance parties, and big-name DJs make this a great time to visit the city if you’re looking for a bit of fun.
Where to stay
- Trinity Silom Hotel: Right in the heart of the gay district.
- SO Sofitel: Treat yourself with a bit of luxury combined with a great location.
- Pullman Bangkok: Walking distance to the bars and clubs of the Silom district.
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