Songkran in Bangkok

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

Songkran
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. 

Celebrating Songkran in Bangkok

Songkran 101
Things to do

Songkran 101

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

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

Water Proof Songkran
Things to do

Water Proof Songkran

Every year, Songkran transforms Bangkok into a war zone where warriors armed with water guns go crazy splashing their victims, willing or not. Whether you’re going to the nearestconvenient store or even getting food on the street, you’ll likely end up wet. If getting soaked is not how you’d prefer to spend Thailand’s longest holiday, then check out this list of fun things you can do both inside and outside the house that don’t involve you holding a water pistol or avoiding those carrying one.

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

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.

The best Songkran parties
Music

The best Songkran parties

Songkran is not all about water splashing, we gather you the best parties—music events, pool parties and many more—you can enjoy during Thai New Year's Festival.

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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Best hotels in Bangkok
Hotels

Best hotels in Bangkok

Discover why they say Bangkok has some of the best hotels in the world. 

The best Songkran cultural events
Things to do

The best Songkran cultural events

For those who want to spend Songkran in a traditional way, we have listed 9 venues where you can enjoy all the cultural activities