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Songkran Festival in Thailand is a traditional New Year’s celebration. Local Thais and tourists, armed with water pistols in one hand and whisky in the other, enter into a week-long water party fight and celebrate the Thailand New Year at home and in the streets all with often pumping music late until late night.
Songkran does it sound fun to you?
The Songkran or Thai New Year celebrations can be a real disappointment for you when you don’t know where to go and how to participate in the Songkran Festival.
Find five essential tips include the where to go, what to wear and what not to do. Tips that let you enjoy the Songkran Festival!
Songkran Festival in Thailand
Songkran starts on 13th until 16th April 2018. Local Thais depart from Bangkok before the New Years begins avoiding long traffic and hardness getting a bus ticket to their hometown.
Thai New Year (Songkran) around Bangkok
Bangkok: Thailand’s capital is the most populated and busiest city and counts 17 million people. Thankfully, during Songkran, many citizens travel back home and leaving Bangkok less crowded. Many of the major roads in Bangkok come to a standstill and literary change in one massive crowd scene.
Where you want to go during Songkran Festival is entirely up to you. Songkran Festival is celebrated everywhere in the streets, but for partygoers, this might not be enough. Where you decide to go makes or breaks your festival fun. There are three popular Songkran Festival party hotspots. Here is a rundown of what to expect.
- Silom Road
Silom Road is easily accessible with BTS to Sala Daeng. During regular days a business district, this road is the cooldown city spot. Mostly Thai people catch up friends, DJs, live music and lots of water throwing.
- Khao San Road
Khao San Road is accessible by public boat service or via BTS to Siam Station and further by bus or taxi. Khao San Road is the favourite social hangout place for backpackers before or after their adventures. Different bars and discos and heavily controlled, Khao San Road are where the tourists learning about Songkran. Each bar has its signature mini-party. A Great Spot during Songkran is Superflow Beach Club, the only beach club in the city concept.
- Royal City Avenue (RCA)
Known for Thai teenagers partying during Songkran is Royal City Avenue (RCA) between Rama 9 Road and Phetchaburi Road. Travel with MRT and BTS to Asoke and take a taxi from there. Colossal dance clubs and massive sound systems can be a party experience never to forget. RCA is also a great area for casual food, coffee and Bangkok shopping during other days of the year.
S2O Songkran Festival on Rama 9
Rama 9 is this year’s site for the S2O festival. Thai TV host, Woody originated the music festival where Afrojack and other leading DJ’s have performed. The festival has flooded ever since it started with tens of thousands litres of water soaked S2O Festival
Songkran 12 for the LGBT Communities
Songkran 12 is the most celebrated Songkran Gay Party and dominantly for wild boys who are interested in same-sex. With Zodiac opening party, pool parties and a climax celebration, the event promises to be one-of-a-kind to answer to all these fantasies.
Best Places for Songkran in Chiang Mai
Songkran kicked off in the north of Thailand. Chiang Mai remains as the much-loved city to celebrate Songkran in Thailand today. Partying in Chiang Mai doesn’t continue as long as they party in Bangkok. After walking wet around the town, you don’t feel more need!
The best places going in Chiang Mai for Songkran are Tha Phae Gate in the Old Quarter and a more Thai-oriented ‘Huay Kaew’. ‘Nimman’ road is the party spot where live music pumps out from large stages usually between 12:00 – 20:00 PM.
Songkran on the Southern Thailand Islands
Truth told. When you’re looking for an authentic taste of Songkran in Thailand, the country’s pristine white beaches in the south aren’t the places to go. Phuket town usually has some water throwing but in recent years have become smaller. While the water throwing action does happen here on a small scale, things are a bit tame compared to Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The festival celebration only recently reaches the south of Thailand (the festival was held almost exclusive to the north or northeast previously) Most locals and holiday-makers choose the beaches of Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Chang and Phuket to escape the festival during this time.