Fri, 04/13/2018 to Sun, 04/15/2018
at Khao San Road, Silom Road, Nana Plaza and Patpong
Songkran Celebrations in Bangkok - Friday 13th to Saturday 15th April 2018
► Where to enjoy Songkran celebrations in Bangkok - In the capital, the main Songkran activities are focused on Khao San Road and Silom Road, while the wildest water fights take place in the Bangkok's red-light districts like Nana Plaza, Patpong and so on.
Also known as the Water Festival, the Songkran Festival celebrates the beginning of the Thai New Year. It’s a traditional Buddhist festival and national holiday in Thailand. The Thai New Year's Day is 13th April every year, but the festival period includes the 14th and 15th of April as well. In Bangkok as well as in all cities of Thailand and rural areas, the cultural aspects of the traditional Thai New Year Festival are by far the main focus of festival, with the most beautiful street parades, plenty religious ceremonies and merit-making activities at the temples in the cities.
This festival is well known among tourists for the unleashed water wars which are mostly celebrated by young people. In the big cities, like Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Phuket, the major streets are closed to traffic, and are used as arenas for this water fights. Celebrants, young and old, participate in this tradition by splashing water on each other with buckets, water guns, balloons and any other vessels they can get their hands on. Nobody is spared, those who cross the streets on foot or scooters, whether they are locals or tourists, whether they want it or not, are all splashed with cold water. Traditional parades are held in all major cities and in some venues "Miss Songkran" is crowned, where contestants are clothed in traditional Thai dress.