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Songkran in Bangkok

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

Tourism Authority of Thailand

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 this 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. 

To mourn the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej last year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has decided to tone down the fun and focus more on traditional Buddhist-related rituals. However, private companies and many Songkran events are still carrying on with the water play.

Celebrating Songkran in Bangkok

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The best places to splash water
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Various landmarks might tone down the fun. Fret not, a few staple Songkran haunts are still carrying on with the water play.

The best Songkran parties
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The best Songkran parties

Let's get the party rolling.

Alternative things to do this Songkran to avoid water guns
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Alternative things to do this Songkran to avoid water guns

There are plenty of alternative choices in Bangkok when you don't want to get caugt in the middle of this huge water war.

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The best mobile apps for Songkran
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The best mobile apps for Songkran

Pre-download them before Thailand’s biggest festival kicks off

The five best movies and TV series to watch during Songkran Festival
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