Songkran in Bangkok

A complete guide to celebrating Thailand’s biggest festival in Bangkok

Dinosaur Songkran
Narin Machaiya, Sereechai Puttes/Time Out Bangkok

Songkran, the festival to celebrate the Thai New Year, returns this 13-15 April. Here, Time Out editorial team has gathered up everything you need to know about Thailand's biggest celebration—from where to enjoy the water play and where to party to where to chillax and where to stay—so that you can make the most of your Songkran moments. 

Note: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thai government has decided to ban all water splashing events, concerts, and all mass-gathering gigs during Songkran Festival this year.

Celebrating Songkran in Bangkok

Songkran 101
Things to do

Songkran 101

Everything you need to know about Thai New Year's Festival

Best things to do during 2021's dry Songkran
Things to do

Best things to do during 2021's dry Songkran

It's official that Miss Corona is still here to stay for God knows how long. And her long-overdue stay has rendered Songkran in 2021 an another uneventful bummer with a un-fun amount of restricts imposed by the government like no water splashing, no drinking in a bar, or no massive party. But these rules are understandable though, as they all keep us safe, sound, and away from the virus. Anyway, we still have some hope to live during this hard time, especially in Songkran Festival. Bangkok still has a handful of interesting events and activities going on amidst the long holiday, and here's what we recommend.

The best khao chae restaurants
Restaurants

The best khao chae restaurants

We list down our favorite restaurants offering the best khao chae, a traditional Thai dish serving in the hot summer months

Coolest Thai swimwear brands that should be on your radar
Shopping

Coolest Thai swimwear brands that should be on your radar

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The staycation deals to enliven 2021's lifeless Songkran
Hotels

The staycation deals to enliven 2021's lifeless Songkran

The government is still quite concerned about the possible re-emergence of COVID-19 during Thailand's most jolly celebration we all know as Songkran. The result is a series of saddening restrictions like no water splashing fun whatsoever, which is a total bummer. However, we are still trying painstakingly to give you ideas to spend this long weekend with something fun and relaxing. Staycation is one of many great things you can take into considerations this year. We know that traveling out of the city (let alone out of the country) can be quite difficult, so why don't spend some time in a different scene like a relaxing hotel to pamper yourself with first-class facilities and good food provided by a good team of service—just like you having a getaway stay in any other hotels outside Bangkok. And here are our selection of the staycation deals during the Thai New Year that you might want to snatch in order to enliven your upcoming holiday.

8 shops that deliver lip-smacking ice cream
Restaurants

8 shops that deliver lip-smacking ice cream

We all get that feeling: sitting at home and suddenly being overcome by a craving for something refreshing and sweet—like ice cream! But sometimes, we’re too lazy to move our bums to actually go out and buy a tub, especially when it’s hot outside. Thankfully, there are now ice cream shops across Bangkok that are equipped to send out their ice-cold confections for delivery. Here are our recommendations.