1. Songkran in Bangkok
Since Songkran is a festival that honors family, half of the residents of Bangkok will leave the city and return to their hometown for family reunions. Therefore, tourists that fly to the capital city for this colorful festival make up a majority of the party-goers!
During the festival, remaining locals take time from their work while most office buildings, banks, and even family-run shops and restaurants are closed. However, the big shopping malls usually remain open. As the capital city, Bangkok has more places to party than anywhere in Thailand!
The most famous places in Bangkok are:
Silom Road: This entire road is closed off to traffic during the festival, and that is where you will find the largest and wildest crowds! The street, which is 5 km long, is packed on two levels with thousands of young people carrying anything that can spray water!
Khao San Road: This is the gathering place for backpackers from all over the world. During the festival, the entire length of Khao San Road becomes a water-fight battlefield, and you are going to get absolutely wet from head to toe!
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Songkran Music Festival in Bangkok
In Bangkok, the Songkran Music Festival is an "unlimited-fun event". It is, no doubt, the biggest celebration of the Songkran festival, and it takes the party to the next level. In this hip and happening music festival, top class DJs from all around the world are in charge of the music! Some of the popular international DJs present in the past have been DJ Snake, Mashd N Kutcher, Sick Individuals, Oliver Heldens, Krewella, and Ummet Ozcan. Also included were TUJAMO and OOKAY. It is popularly known among the locals as S2O; the S stands for Songkran and 2O stands for 2O from H2O…which symbolize the crazy water-play that takes place in this city!
In 2018, the S2O was held in Park Rama IX which spans 6,000 square feet and included a 70-meter long stage. The stage featured a 360-degree water device that constantly showered every inch of the venue! In addition to the entire audience being soaked with water, House and Bounce music beats were blasted all day and into the night. Local Thai restaurants offered Thailand delicacies in the food court while fireworks lit up the night sky to finish the day's festivities.
The S2O Songkran Music Festival is so popular that it is completely sold out for the next three years. If you plan on being a part of this event, you will need to purchase tickets well in advance!
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Songkran in Chiang Mai
Celebrating Songkran in Chiang Mai can lead to a new level of excitement – this is where you have the most fun! You may be able to find the biggest parties in Bangkok, but if you're looking for the best water fights, you can find them in Chiang Mai. One of the most popular places in Southeast Asia, Chiang Mai can be a hell of a lot of fun in the middle of April!
The most famous places in Chiang Mai are:
Tha Pae Gate: This part of the Old City is where you will enjoy a water fight that runs the length of the old moat – 4 km of fun! Street stalls sell everything you could possibly need to take your stand in the water fight. In addition to unending water battles, there are celebrations along the moat with more laughter and light-heartedness than you can imagine!
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2. Songkran in Phuket
The Songkran celebrations in Phuket are on an international level and are the most exciting places to visit. It seems as if the entire city, tourists and locals alike, enjoy the continuous water battles using water guns, water cannons, and water buckets!
The most famous places in Phuket are:
Patong Beach: Undoubtedly the noisiest place during Songkran, this is where you will find the most bars and the best nightlife – in addition to huge water fights, of course! You will also be entertained by a huge parade and a Miss Songkran beauty pageant. Too much to fit into three days!
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3. Songkran in Pattaya
Referred to as "The Party City", Pattaya residents find it hard to cram their partying into three days…so their celebration of the Songkran festival last longer than anywhere else in Thailand! The water fights begin on April 13 and last for an entire week, so make Pattaya your own "party city"!
The most famous places in Pattaya are:
Beach Road: This is definitely the most famous place to party in Pattaya! The entire road is closed to traffic, and there are stages everywhere with live music and huge foam machines. The fire department, with their engines parked at every corner, offer a limitless amount of water for the revelers to reload their "weapons". The few roads that allow vehicles to pass become a slow-moving traffic jam. Pickup trucks blasting music at full volume become moving parties – of course, with their own water buckets!
During the festival, the whole city turns into a crazy water-fighting battlefield. You will definitely get wet the moment you step outside!
But the biggest celebration of this water festival in Pattaya comes on the 19th of April and is known as the "Wan Lai". It is followed by the 'Kong Khao' parade which takes place in the sunlight and is a symbol of respect and appreciation for the Goddess of Rice. Fun contests are organized for revelers, cultural shows give visitors insight into Thailand's rich history, vendors line the street with souvenirs and food, and there are also beauty pageants for on-lookers to enjoy. If you wander to the beach, you will see beautiful sculptures and sand castles made by the locals alongside the Bang Saen beach.
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