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It’s that time of the year again! Thailand is celebrating a new year and they really do it in style: with huge water fights! This year’s Songkran Water Festival will take place April 13th-15th. Here’s your guide to experiencing this Thai street festival.

Catching flights to Bangkok this month? You won’t want to miss the Thai New Year when the Thai locals dress in brightly coloured silk costumes and celebrate a fresh beginning by taking part in the biggest water fights you’ll ever see!

When is it Songkran?

Songkran is a national holiday in Bangkok and this year it takes place April 13th to 15th. Since April 12th falls on a Saturday this year, it’s pretty likely that festivities will take off a day early. In other parts of the country, like in Chiang Mai, celebrations can last as long as a week!

How to celebrate!

Songkran is a Buddhist festival and one of the most important holidays in the country. It is always celebrating during the dry season- April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand. Many Thais visit their local temples at this time, and take the opportunity to clean their Buddhist statues at home, to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year.


In recent years, the water throwing part of the festival has really become a highlight, attracting crowds of tourists. For three days, virtually the entire country turns into a water fight zone so don’t go outside wearing anything too precious! It’s virtually impossible to stay dry during these days so join in the fun! Grab a bucket and water gun and go!

Celebrations in Bangkok tend to be more low-key than in other parts of the country, as most of the Bangkokians will leave town to return to their hometowns for the festival. If you are in the capital, check out the water-throwing in Th Khao San where it’s mostly a foreigner’s party. Phuket is a great place to celebrate!

Ready to take it all in? Check out our tips for enjoying Songkran before you go!

Imgs: pittaya, wikimedia / Flickr cc.

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