Here we list all the ideal destinations to experience the traditional Songkran rituals and have the most water-soaked fun, from Bangkok to Phuket and all around Thailand’s major cities.
Bangkok (April 12 to 16)
Even though the biggest and best Songkran festivities happen in North Thailand (Chiang Mai etc.), Songkran is still a very big deal in the capital. The main place for experiencing traditional Songkran rituals is at Sanam Luang and Nagaraphirom Park near The Grand Palace. At these places, you’ll able to witness Thais offering alms to monks and bathing sacred Buddha images.
If you want the wet and wild party scene then head to these places:
- Khao San is renowned for its all-day water fights plus entertainment and activities. Expect to see crowds of teenagers and foreign backpackers.
- The central business district in Silom in the intersection of Sala Daeng to Narathiwat is packed with uni students, young adults, and the city’s reasonable sized LGBT community.
- The Royal City Avenue nightlife central is where the young crowds go to party after the daytime water fights.
Pattaya (April 18 to 20)
The eastern provinces of Thailand celebrate Songkran later than most of the other parts of the nation (April 18 to 20) and the region’s largest city, Pattaya, features the largest and lengthiest Songkran party. The traditional rituals occur on April 18 at Lan Pho Na Klua Park in Northern Pattaya and on April 20, you’ll witness traditional Thai games, building sand chedi and Thais worshipping statues of Buddha at Na Klua Park.
The splashing action kicks off on April 19 when the beach road is closed to traffic and becomes a water battlefield.
Chiang Mai (April 12 to 14)
The parties in Chiang Mai are considered one of Thailand’s three biggest Songkran festivals (the other two being in Khon Kaen and Bangkok). If you visit Pra We Nee Pii Mai Muang in Chiang Mai, you’ll get the best of both tradition and modern fun, with Lanna cultural events at sacred temples and a big water splashing event around the Ku Muang canal. The action begins with a cultural parade on the first day, which features the Nang Songkran Chiang Mai beauty pageant.
Khon Kaen (April 11 to 18)
The Khon Kaen Songkran festivities kick off early with a cultural parade and showcases at a number of places around town. However, the main feature is the water splashing event at Sri Chan Road where children from all over the city come together to celebrate.
Phuket (April 10 to 15)
Phuket’s Songkran celebrations are held in a few locations including the Old Town on Thaland Road, and Sarasin Bridge (which connects Phuket to the mainland). But if you wanna get among fellow tourists for some festive water fun, go to Phuket’s most popular beach, Patong, where the biggest parties take place. The celebrations take place from Ba Lang Road to the Beachfront Road.