Thai culture takes not only their holidays seriously, but also their fun— and they take it super seriously.
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In celebration of the Thai New Year, Songkran, the entire country
Songkran Water Festival
Goes wild in an enormous, colorful, water fighting frenzy. Streets are flooded, especially in Bangkok, with crowds dowsing each other with anything that can shoot — or dump — water. Soaking wet, yet laughing wildly, the Thais bring in the New Year with extreme style; and crowds from all over the world flock to Bangkok to witness it in all of Songkran Water Festival glory.
During the days of April 13th – 15th, the country celebrates Songkran by closing down many shops, reuniting with family and friends, visiting temples, cleaning, throwing street parties, and well, having massive water fights.
If your into food battles then see these food fights from Spain and Italy.
Why the water?
The water acts as a symbol of purification: of washing away the worries, misfortunes, and grievances of the previous year. Simultaneously, it is “cleaning the slate” for a fresh start to the new year.
Traditionally, Thai’s gently pour a bowl of water over loved ones for this very reason; it acts as a sort of spirit bath. So, if you find yourself spraying your best friend in the head with a load of water, remind them that you are doing them a great service.
Where in Bangkok to go for the Songkran Water Festival?
Depending on your mood (and possibly your group of friends), there are various different ways you can experience Songkran — here are the top 4:
This is where you are going to want to be on the morning of April 12th; it will be across the beautiful Grand Palace. Here, the ‘Phra Buddha Sihing,’ Buddha statue, is carried along the streets to for people to worship and sprinkle perfume water upon.
If you miss the first day, though, that’s okay — the statue will be kept at Sanam Luang for the following three days. In this area, there will also be many other local merits and traditions taking place.
This is usually where the main party is: by main we mean the biggest and wildest. Completely jam-packed with beaming youth and giant splashes, this crowd stretches the length of 5 km!
What’s great about this section of the party is that you can view it from an upper level in order to try and maintain relatively dry while still experiencing the blissful chaos of it all.
Khoa San Road
Looking to get completely soaked in the midst of an insane party? Khoa San is your road. With a loads of alcohol and frequent DJ dance parties, visiting this street is a sure way to start off the Thai New Year with thrill.
Phra Pradaeng District
As opposed to the raging party-vibe, Phra Pradaeng District is much more traditional. Luckily, the celebration here takes place about a week later than the Bangkok parties, so you don’t have to compromise on which experience to have.
This celebration is filled with much more Songkran cultural significance — don’t worry though, you will still get splashed. Along with the splashes, however, you will also get the pleasure of experiencing Thai-Raman flag dances and ceremonies, boat races, parades, and many more.
So Why Songkran Water Festival?
So, if you are looking for a perfect combination of a cultural immersion and serious fun, the world’s largest water fight, during Sangkron in Bangkok, is absolutely the experience for you. This April, join the mass flock to Bangkok and playfully clean your slate for the new year.