#TravelPH - First Time Guide To Bangkok’s Songkran Festival

Here’s a first-time guide to Bangkok’s Songkran Festival, which is a vibrant and exciting celebration marking the Thai New Year:

What is Songkran? 

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival, known for its iconic water fights. It symbolizes cleansing and renewal, a time to wash away the past year’s troubles and welcome the new year with a fresh start.

When is Songkran Celebrated? 

Songkran is usually celebrated from April 13 to 15. However, the Songkran Festival 2024 is special as it has been recognized by UNESCO as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity,” and festivities will be extended from April 1 to 21.

What to Expect:

Water Fights

The most famous aspect of Songkran is the nationwide water war. It’s a fun way to cool off during the hottest month of the year.

Cultural Significance

Beyond the water fights, Songkran is a time for temple visits, offering food to Buddhist monks, and spending time with family.

What to Wear:

Floral Shirts

These are the iconic attire for Songkran. You can easily find them in malls and supermarkets.

Waterproof Gear

Since you’ll be drenched, wear waterproof clothing and protect your valuables in waterproof bags.

What to Bring:

Water Gun/Bucket

You can purchase water guns at supermarkets or toy stores. Alternatively, a bucket will also do the trick.

Sun Protection

 Don’t forget sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun while you’re out having fun.

Where to Celebrate:

Silom Road

One of the most popular places in Bangkok for Songkran festivities, known for its lively atmosphere and intense water fights.


Visit local temples for fairs with games and street food, which are great places to enjoy dinner after a day of water wars.

Tips for First-Timers

Stay Respectful

While it’s a free-for-all water fight, be mindful of those who do not wish to participate, especially the elderly.

Stay Hydrated

With all the excitement, it’s easy to forget to drink water. Keep hydrated to enjoy the festival safely.

Enjoying Songkran Sustainably

Use Clean Water

Be conscious of water usage and try to use clean water for the water fights.

Avoid Littering

Keep the streets clean by disposing of waste properly and using reusable water containers when possible.

Songkran is a unique and unforgettable experience. Embrace the festivities, respect the culture, and have a fantastic time celebrating the Thai New Year in Bangkok!

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