Your Ultimate Survival Guide to Songkran Festival
Where to go and what to expect at Songkran Festival
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If you're planning a trip to Thailand in April, you're in for a treat: Songkran Festival. The Songkran Festival, also known as the Water Festival, is a beloved tradition in Thailand that celebrates the Thai New Year. This vibrant festival, which takes place from April 13 to 15 (or longer in some areas) each year, is famous for its high-energy water fights and festive spirit.
Water fights were prohibited in the past few years due to the pandemic, and finally after 3 long years, it is back in full force this year. If you are travelling to Thailand for Songkran, here is your ultimate survival guide to help you make the most of the event:
Where to go for the best water fights
From bustling cities to quiet towns, this vibrant celebration is enjoyed everywhere across the country. And if you're looking to experience the ultimate water fight, we've got you covered! Here's a list of the top "war zones" in each city that will take your Songkran experience to the next level:
If you are in Bangkok, you can head to Khao San Road, Si Lom, Siam, or Sanam Luang. Of these, Khao San Road and SiLom tend to be the most crowded and exciting, and is the most popular with tourists; Siam Square is more popular for teens and families; and at Sanam Luang, celebrations are more respectful.
Songkran Festival in the Old City of Chiang Mai is known to be the wettest celebration. The moat surrounding the ancient city of is transformed into a massive water arena during Songkran, with thousands of revelers joining in on the fun. Head to the Tha Phae Gate** **where the biggest celebrations happen.
Just a 1.5 hour drive away from Bangkok, the ancient city of Ayutthaya offers a unique twist on Songkran. It will be way less crowded here, but you'll witness stunning cultural performances, receive water blessings at local temples, and even witness elephants getting in on the water fight action! Bulk of the water fight action takes place at the historical park.
In Pattaya, the celebrations are usually extended and ends on 19th April. On the last day of the celebrations, which is also known as Wan Lai Day (Flowing Day), people are fully armed with water dispensers such as water guns, buckets, or even hoses to really get the water flow. Pattaya is like one giant Songkran party, with Soi 6, Soi 7, and Soi 8 being the most popular places.
What else to expect at Songkran
Songkran is best for its water fights, but there is much more to that. Here are some of the other things and activities that you can experience at Songkran: