It’s that time of year again, when all over Thailand, people want to get wet. Everything water-related will be celebrated this month, from Chiang Mai to Phuket as people take to the streets for water fights, foam parties and slightly more serious temple ceremonies.
If you’re visiting Thailand in April, here’s where you’ll find the best 2017 Songkran Festivals.
Songkran Splendours: Amazing Songkran 2017
- Date: 8 – 13 April, 2017
- Venue: Benjasiri Park, Bangkok
Kicking off in Bangkok on the 8th April, Songkran Splendours is divided into Four Zones, each with demonstrations of culture and cuisine. The event starts with an Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession on 8 April 2017 and finishes on 13 April, hoping to inspire people to travel upcountry and discover their own Songkran stories in different parts of the kingdom.
Songkran in Bangkok Yai
- Date: 12 – 16 April, 2017
- Venue: Wat Arun and New Arun Amarin Road
There can be few more iconic places to celebrate Songkran than the famous Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn on the Chao Phraya River. Here, people can come and experience the most moving and ancient aspects of the festival by helping to bathe some of the city’s most sacred Buddha images. This way of making merit is believed to ensure good luck for the New Year.
Bangkok Songkran Festival 2017
- Date: 13-15 April, 2017
- Venue: CentralWorld Shopping Complex, Bangkok
The Bangkok Songkran Festival is at its biggest and most fun at the large outside area in front of CentralWorld Shopping Complex. Here, as well as water play, there will be the chance to experience some of the more traditional aspects of Songkran in an alcohol-free, family-friendly atmosphere. Best of all, there will be a foam party a great way to enjoy some watery fun while cooling off at the hottest time of the year.
Songkran – Pha Khao Ma Yok Siam
- Date: 13-15 April, 2017
- Venue: Siam Square, Bangkok
Siam Square will free up some of its popular shopping space to provide areas where the city’s young people can enjoy all the fun and joy of Songkran.
Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2017
- Date: 12-17 April, 2017
- Venue: Chiang Mai old city
The best-known Songkran celebrations in the whole of Thailand take place in Chiang Mai. Here you’ll find a wonderful balance of water-based fun and sacred ceremonies that show the religious importance of this festival to the Lanna people. In Chiang Mai, Songkran is often called Prapeni Pi Mai Mueang and lasts five days. There is also a lot of tasty northern cuisine to enjoy.
Retro Songkran Splendours, Sukhothai 2017
- Date: 12-14 April, 2017
- Venue: Sukhothai historical park, Sukhothai
At Sukhothai Historical Park, visitors can enjoy a range of traditional activities and games to celebrate the Thai New Year. One of the most popular events is the sand pagoda building contest in which families compete to make stunning designs
Flowery Shirt Songkran on Khao Tok Road, Sukhothai
- Date: 12-15, April 2017
- Venue: Sukhothai city and Sukhothai public park, Sukhothai
Visitors to Thailand during the New Year celebrations can hardly fail to notice how so many celebrants are clad in colourful Hawaiian-style shirts. These have become a firm Songkran tradition and in the weeks prior to April, shops are stacked high with these gaudy items.
Ayutthaya: Songkran at the Ancient Capital
- Date: 13-15 April 2017
- Venue: Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya
Thailand’s former capital – Ayutthaya is another place worth visiting during the Songkran festival. The province is inviting both local and foreign tourists to celebrate Songkran in the most unusual exotic way – water splashing with the elephants in the very Thai environs of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya Historical Park.
Kanchanaburi: Wax Candle Procession Songkran
- Date: 13-14 April, 2017
- Venue: Wat Nongprue, Nongprue district, Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi has its own distinctive Songkran traditions, the highlight of which is the spectacular beeswax candle procession and other activities that accord with the Buddhists’ belief of the locals.
Phuket and Koh Samui
Songkran: The Water Festival on the Beach, Phuket
- Date: 11-13 April 2017
- Venue: Patong Beach, Kathu District, Phuket
Join the local people and tourist folks at Phuket for “Songkran on the Beach” at Phuket’s famous Patong beach. There will be several merit-making activities such as Rod Nam Dum Hua ritual, the parade of Phra Budha Sihing image, cultural shows, and various competitions and fun-filled entertainments. In Phuket town there are flower parades, dancing and cultural shows, and the ever-popular Miss Songkran Contest.
Songkran in Ko Samui, Suratthani
- Date: 12-13 April, 2017
- Venue: Chaweng Beach, Samui Island, SuratThani
Songkran is always fun-filled on the holiday island of Samui but the biggest party takes place on Chaweng beach where the main road becomes the focus of all the water play. There are usually DJs and stages with performers entertaining the crowds and foam parties and water help people to cool off.