The Ultimate Guide to Songkran (Thai New Year) in Bangkok | Travel Bangkok Now

The Ultimate Guide to Songkran (Thai New Year) in Bangkok

Celebrate the New Year to your heart's content, Songkran-thailand, CC BY-SA 4.0

Songkran, the Thai New Year, is one of the biggest and most exciting festivals in Thailand. If you’re in Bangkok during this time, here are some of the top things to do:

Songkran in Bangkok
Songkran in Bangkok | Image by Anthony Bouch via flickr

Where to Celebrate

Head to Khao San Road, Silom Road, or RCA for the biggest and most popular Songkran celebrations in Bangkok. These areas are known for their lively water fights, street food, and music. If you prefer a more cultural experience, visit one of the many temples in Bangkok that offer special ceremonies and traditional activities during Songkran.

What to Do

Get ready to get soaked! Songkran is famous for its water fights, and everyone gets involved, from locals to tourists. You can buy water guns and buckets anywhere during the festival. Don’t forget to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet, and protect your phone and camera in a waterproof bag. You can also enjoy traditional activities such as pouring water on Buddha images, visiting temples, and taking part in merit-making ceremonies. If you want to be close to the action, consider staying in a hotel near Emquartier Bangkok the likes of Gardina Asoke.

Food and Drink

Street food vendors offer a wide variety of tasty treats, from spicy papaya salad to mango sticky rice. Don’t forget to try the popular Songkran drink, nam ob woonsen, a sweet and refreshing drink made with pandan leaves, seaweed, and syrup.

Safety Tips

While Songkran is a fun and festive time, it’s important to stay safe. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables secure. Wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Don’t throw water at motorcycles or tuk-tuks, and be respectful of people who don’t want to participate in the water fights.