The ultimate guide to

songkran, Thailand

From dodging water balloons in the streets of Bangkok to traditional ceremonies in the temples of Chiang Mai, Songkran combines fun, culture, and a whole lot of water.

Songkran, Thailand

Songkran is more than a nationwide water fight. This festival, held every April, is Thailand’s way of welcoming the New Year.

The festivity is about cleansing and rejuvenating oneself for the year ahead. It's about community, family, fun, and, of course, the universal joy of splashing water on your friends (and a few unsuspecting strangers).

When is Songkran going to be held?

Songkran lasts for 3 days, from April 13th to 15th. However, the fun and festivities can extend beyond these dates. In some places, like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or Phuket, the celebrations can kick off a bit earlier and stretch out a bit longer, making it more like a week-long water party.

Best Places to celebrate Songkran in Thailand

1. Bangkok 2. Chiang Mai 3. Pattaya 4. Phuket 5. Ayutthaya. 6. Sukhothai 7. Chonburi: 8. Samui Island 9. Hua Hin 10. Kanchanaburi

S2O Festival is a recent addition to Songkran festivities. It's a giant EDM (Electronic Dance Music) party that takes place in Bangkok during the Songkran period in April.