Songkran, The New year Thai festival, is one of the most important holidays in Thailand. Also known as the Thailand water festival, this festivity comes originally from a Buddhist tradition, using water to symbolize purification while the residents travel back to their hometowns for family reunions and friends meeting. Today the event has turned into a huge public celebration and a giant water fight where everybody is splashing buckets of water on each other. Wild scenes of exuberance can be seen throughout Thailand with people dancing, drinking while being drenched from head to toe. The official Songkran festival last three days but in reality last more than a week. During Songkran, most small shop, offices, restaurants shut down, but big shopping malls remain open.
Where to Party?
Bangkok has usual more places to party than anywhere else. The biggest parties are found in two places in particular: – Khao San Road (the backpacking heartland of Bangkok) and Silom Road (the entire road closed off to traffic).
Find the best decadent parties on the beach around the bars and clubs close to Soi Green Mango. For a quieter and more authentic Songkran get to Na Thorn where fishermen and their families also love to celebrate it.
Patong Beach is the place to be if you are looking for the best parties. During Songkran, the town features a parade and a Miss Songkran beauty pageant and of course an intense water fight on Soi Bangla.
Chiang Mai, is one of the best places in the whole of Southeast Asia, to be during Songkran.
Bangkok’s parties may be the biggest and Pattaya’s are the longest, but nowhere sees as much water flying as in the Festival of Chiang Mai at Tha Pae Gate in the old city. You will find everything you need to splash your neighbors in the street.
Songkran festivities last longer here than anywhere else in Thailand. There is a water fight during the regular Songkran days (13th-15th April) but, Pattaya also celebrates it the following week too. So if you arrive in Thailand a little late this is your last chance to party on Beach Road which is cut off to traffic and where stages are set up for live music and foam machines. The fire department parks their engines here, filling numerous water butts for revelers to reload their soakers from.
And for those who can’t move out from Vietnam and Hô Chi Minh City, get wet at Saigon Outcast which organize his Songkran water Festival with water, music, food & beverage and beautiful people of course!
+ ADULT: 100k Gets 1 free Ion life water OR a CHANG BEER
+ KID: 50k Gets 1 free Ion life water
Purchase a ticket at door.