5 Awesome Cities To Celebrate Songkran in Thailand

Summer is here in Thailand and so is the vibrant Songkran Festival! Taking place from the 13th to 15th of April, the celebration is to welcome the Thai New Year. It’s when locals battle the scorching heat with explosive fun in the form of water fights! The festivities can actually last up to a week too. So get ready to grab a water gun, hose pipe, or even a bucket and jump in the enormous shower!

But first, of course, where to celebrate? In this article, we’ll show you the best cities in Thailand to have a blast (literally) during Songkran!

1. Bangkok



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Boasting the most parties anywhere in Thailand, Bangkok is the hub of Songkran festivities for travelers and locals! While at least half of locals travel to the provinces for family reunions, that doesn’t stop the remaining Bangkokians to go all out. Beware that most local businesses and banks will be closed. The department stores will be open though, so you can fuel up there!

Dates: April 13th-15th

Hot spots: Khaosan Road, Siam, Silom Road, RCA, Ratchada Soi 4

For more details on the top places to celebrate in Bangkok, check out the 5 Famous Locations to Celebrate Songkran in Bangkok.

2. Chiang Mai



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If you’re looking for the biggest splash, then set your sights on Chiang Mai. The northern city has an ancient moat around the Old City area that’s a bountiful water source. What’s more, Chiang Mai also has cultural activities ranging from parades to beauty pageants, so you can be sure you won’t run out of things to do and see!

Dates: April 12th-16th

Hot spots: Tha Pae Gate near Chiang Mai Old City Moat

3. Pattaya

Don’t worry about arriving late to the party at Pattaya. On top of Songkran, the city also has “Wan Lai” which means “Flowing Day” from the 16th to 19th to keep the rocking celebration going. So, let the party animal in you run wild and get swept up in the thrill!

Dates: April 13th-19th

Hot spots: Naklua, Jomtien, Beach Road, Walking Street

4. Phuket

If summer means going to the beach for you, then be sure not to overlook Phuket. Thailand’s largest island, it has more than 30 beaches for you to take your pick. Have an epic beach party wielding water guns along with the locals, and even the police! There are more activities to enjoy too, including Miss Songkran Beauty pageant, parades and art exhibitions.

Dates: April 13th-15th

Hot spots: Patong Beach, Jungceylon Activity Plaza, Soi Bangla, Phuket Town, Chalong, and Loma Public Park

5. Khon Kaen

Last on the list is the “Sticky Rice Capital,” Khon Kaen. A lovely town in northeastern (Isaan) Thailand, it celebrates Songkran with awesome water fights and other fun local activities. From food fairs to Thai folk dancing, experience the charming culture of Isaan and indulge in its delicious food!

Dates: April 13th-15th

Hot spots: Khao Niew Road (Sri Chan Road), Kaen Nakhon Lake

Pumped up to get started? Before you do, make sure to read up on everything you need to know about Songkran in our locals’ guide Songkran Festival: The Ultimate Guide to Thai New Year and Thai Water Festival. Then, you’re all set to go!

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