Wet and wild at Songkran Thailand

It’s that time of year again to have a splashing good time at Songkran! For the uninitiated, Songkran is an annual water festival that takes place over the Thai New Year – 13 to 15 April. The Thais believe that Songkran or the act of splashing water washes off all misfortunes in the past year, thus welcoming the new year with a fresh new start. The whole kingdom shuts down for the most epic water battles so get ready your super soakers and waterproof your belongings!

The best part? The festival is free for all! Don’t forget to Klook your 4G SIM card to Instagram all those candid moments. After all, if you didn’t get splashed, did you really attend Songkran?

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Apart from all the splashing, making merit is also an essential part of Songkran. Visiting nine sacred temples during Songkran is considered to be one of the ultimate accumulators! Thus, if you’re looking to accumulate some good karma, try heading to the temples to pay a visit.

Tips for enjoying Songkran

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Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand

  • Waterproof your belongings!
  • Prepare your water guns, buckets and even hose because it’s going to get wet!
  • Greet everyone with Sawadee Bee Mai – it means Happy New Year!
  • Avoid wearing white.
  • Don’t ever splash water at monks!
  • Wear non-slip shoes.
  • If you want to keep dry, stay indoors!

Songkran in Bangkok

1. Khao San Road

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Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Backpackers haven Khao San Road is the place to be if you like the idea of being soaked from head to toe. With DJs set up inside plastic shelters, podiums for dancing and all the alcohol you’re likely to need in the bars that line the street, this is one wet party not to be missed!

2. Silom Road

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Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand

If you’re looking for the largest and wettest party in Bangkok, head over to Silom Road for what is probably the craziest water festival! The entire 5km of the street will be packed with locals armed with all the water guns they can carry, ready to fire. The highlight is definitely the fire trucks with their giant water hoses, ready to drench you from head to toe. We surely wouldn’t mind as temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees and a good soaking would cool us right off!

However, if you want to stay relatively dry, we suggest staying on the BTS skywalk. From there you’ll get to witness all the action but no guarantees you won’t get wet.

The full Songkran experience

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If you want the full Songkran experience, immerse yourself in experiences of both merit making and of course the water fights with Klook’s Songkran Festival Tuk Tuk Day Tour! Starting with a morning tour of Wat Arun, you’ll spend the morning experiencing some Songkran rites, such as watching observing the Buddha image bathing rites and joining in on merit making activities. You’ll hope on your tuk tuk in the afternoon for a wet and wild battle along Silom Road, where thousands of visitors from around the globe gather for one massive water fight!

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Songkran in Ayutthaya

Experience a flipside to bustling modern Bangkok this Songkran, with a day trip to the historic city of Ayutthaya. Leaving from Century Mall in Bangkok city, the Ayutthaya Songkran Festival Day Tour takes you through this ancient capital of Siam. You’ll see the famous temples in the morning and have lunch at the Ayutthaya Floating Market before joining the locals in a water fight frenzy on the streets!

The day doesn’t stop here – after freshening up after the water fights, you’ll stop by a night market to fuel up with snacks and street food, before heading back to Bangkok in the evening.

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Songkran in Chiang Mai

1. Tha Phae Gate – Old City Moat

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Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand

The Tha Phae Gate also known as the old city moat is where you’ll find the biggest and most popular water fight. You can lower your buckets on strings into the moats for a quick refill before emptying the load on an unsuspecting passerby! We’d recommend getting a private car charter to take you to the different Songkran hotspots and also for you to escape from the waterworks.

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2. Wat Phra Singh

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For an authentic Chiang Mai Songkran experience, you’ll have to pay a visit to the Wat Phra Singh temple. Join in the bathing rites of Buddha, watch Thai folk singing contests or make lanna flags and accumulate some merit! Lastly, the day ends with a crazy water battle on the streets of Chiang Mai.

Klook your Wat Phra Singh Songkran tour and have your local guide show you the true spirit of Songkran in Chiang Mai.

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Songkran in Phuket

1. Patong Bangla Road

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It’s no surprise that the place to be at for Songkran in Phuket is Patong! Get ready to be ambushed by kids with water guns and buckets of ice old water as you walk down the streets of Patong. After all the crazy water fights, you’ll be tired out for sure. Instead of dragging your tired feet up the subway, Klook your private car charter and let your driver take you back to your accommodation in comfort!

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Songkran in Pattaya

1. Beach Road

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Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand

No doubt, if you REALLY love the water, you’ll definitely want to head to Pattaya, the party city of Thailand.

While Songkran only lasts 3 days everywhere else, Pattaya’s city hall has extended it till the 19th of April! Wan Lai – which translates to “the flowing day” – is what Songkran is referred to in this city, where the festivities are held for a whole week!

Head over to Beach road, particularly Soi 6 and 7 where almost every building is a bar. Fill up your water guns and get ready to be completely drenched in this unavoidable crossfire!

Lastly, we’ll definitely advise against riding a motorcycle or a songthaew unless you like being soaked on your commute. Besides, why trouble yourself when you can Klook a private car charter and be shielded from the splashes of ice cold water!

For more wet and wild fun, the amazing Cartoon Network Amazone water theme park has over 150 slides and attractions in its 10 zones. Check out our Ultimate Cartoon Network Amazone Guide and find out how you can maximise your day at the theme park.

While you’re in Pattaya, don’t miss out on the famous Pattaya Floating Market for a different floating market experience. Divided into four sections that represent the north, north-east, south and central regions of Thailand, the market holds a ton of souvenirs and food gems for you to unearth!

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