Songkran, the most popular festival in Thailand will be celebrated on 13 April. From the boisterous water fights and parties to the more somber ceremonies, we bring you the best places in Bangkok where you can welcome the Thai New Year.
This 5 km stretch definitely offers the biggest and most boisterous celebration with enthusiastic crowds waiting to douse their next victim with their water guns. If you want to enjoy the fun but stay relatively dry, keep to the BTS skywalk that runs above the street.
Khao San Road
Those seeking a wild and wet party head to Khao San Road, where traditional water fights are held alongside the noisiest and trendiest parties. Dance to DJ’s set up inside plastic shelters as you keep getting doused with water from the revelers.
Phra Pradaeng District
To celebrate Songkran the traditional way, visit the Phra Pradaeng District where the Thai-Raman communities host several interesting cultural activities in honour of Songkran. Get to watch the Thai-Raman flag ceremony, the saba game, Raman dances, boat races, floral floats parade, and many more as you celebrate a traditional Songkran.
Sanam Lunag, opposite the Grand Palace, hosts a solemn Songkran celebration on the first day of Songkran. The Buddhasihing, an image of the Buddha, is taken from the National Museum along the surrounding streets where people sprinkle water on it to gain blessings.
Plan a visit to any of the temples in the Rattanokosin area and you will see beautiful sand stupas decorated with colourful flags and flowers. A part of the Thai merit-making custom, you can build one yourself to bring blessings and prosperity in the New Year.