Where can I play Songkran in Bangkok?

By: Steven F Le BrunUpdated: February 17, 2021


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Here are 5 of the most popular places to celebrate Songkran festival in Bangkok!
  • Khao San Road. Here at Khao San Road, enjoy the wild water at its full swing!
  • Silom Road. Similarly to Khao San Road, Songkran celebrations in Silom was toned down in 2019 due to the coronation events.
  • RCA.
  • Siam.
  • Ratchada Soi 4.

Similarly one may ask, where is Songkran celebrated in Thailand?

The Thai capital celebrates with the Bangkok Songkran Splendours Festival which takes place from April 13th to 15th. The official opening ceremony is held at Wat Pho, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand that's home to the spectacular gold-plated reclining Buddha.

One may also ask, what is the purpose of Songkran?

It represents purification and the washing away of one's sins and bad luck. As a festival of unity, people who have moved away usually return home to their loved ones and elders. Paying reverence to ancestors is an important part of Songkran tradition. The holiday is known for its water festival.

Which countries celebrate Songkran?

Songkran is a term derived from the Sanskrit word, sa?krānti (or, more specifically, me?a sa?krānti) and used to refer to the traditional New Year celebrated in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, parts of northeast India, parts of Vietnam and Xishuangbanna, China.

What do you wear to Songkran?

Dress appropriately
Wear comfy clothes that dry quickly. I'd recommend shorts and a vest top, but nothing white. Most locals wear brightly coloured floral shirts during the festival (think over the top Hawaiian shirts). Local markets will no doubt have these available if you fancy joining in on the trend.


Where is the best place for Songkran?

Best Places To Celebrate Songkran in Bangkok
  • Silom. This is probably the biggest and best place to head to experience Songkran in Bangkok.
  • Khao San Road. If you have been or have heard of Khao San Road, then here the water fight is mixed with one big wild and noisy party!
  • Sanam Luang.
  • Phra Pradaeng District.

What happens during Songkran?

The Songkran Festival is a time when family and friends gather to pay gratitude to elders and visit temples for prayer and offering. Songkran literally means to pass or move into. The Songkran Festival is also a period when the Thai people cleanse and pour water mixed with Thai fragrance on Buddha images.

What is Songkran Bangkok?

What is Songkran? Songkran is the occasion for family reunions, temple visits and annual house cleaning. Many Thais observe the holidays by spending time with families and friends. Traditionally, Thais perform the Rod Nam Dum Hua ritual on the 1st day of Songkran, which is officially National Elderly Day.

Will shops be open during Songkran?

During Songkran, most office buildings, banks as well as family-run shops and restaurants shut down completely, while big shopping malls usually remain open.

What is Buddha Day Thailand?

Previous Years
Year Date Holiday
2020 10 Feb Makha Bucha Holiday
2019 19 Feb Makha Bucha Day
2018 1 Mar Makha Bucha Day
2017 11 Feb Makha Bucha Day

How do you greet someone in Songkran festival?

The traditional way to wish someone well at Songkran and to make peace after splashing them is with sah-wah-dee pee mai which basically means "happy New Year." You can say this as a basic greeting during Songkran or after you say hello to someone in Thai.

What is the Thai Year for 2019?

The year 2019 is the 238th year of the Rattanakosin Kingdom of Thailand. It is the fourth year in the reign of King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X), and is reckoned as year 2562 in the Buddhist Era.

Can you drink the tap water in Thailand?

Can I Drink the Water in Thailand? Don't drink tap water in Thailand, stick to boiled or treated water. Don't worry too much about the ice as there's an extensive network of ice factories which use purified water. Be careful when you're washing fruit and vegetables, always check the water source is safe.

Is Songkran a religious festival?

Songkran is a religious festival with two aspects that are particularly important: the family, that has first priority, and the century-old ceremonies taking place in the temples. During the Songkran festivities, young people pay tribute to the older ones, parents as well as grandparents.