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 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.

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

Best hotels in Bangkok
Hotels

Best hotels in Bangkok

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

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.

3 Best waterproof phones
News

3 Best waterproof phones

It's Songkran Day and this is how to get away with water!   IPHONE X iPhone X, which awes fans with its full-screen design, great cameras, and top-notch biometric scanner, features a dust- and water-resistant rating at IP67, which secures the phone up to one meter in depth for up to 30 minutes. From B40,500   SAMSUNG GALAXY S9+ The newest flagship device of the South Korean tech giant comes with a sleek glass body, crystalclear OLED screen that’s curved on both sides, and awesome double cameras that promise great photos in every condition. A rating of IP68 means the phone is fully dust-protected and waterresistant up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. From B31,900   HUAWEI MATE 10 PRO Huawei’s most advanced phone in the market (the P20 hasn’t been introduced at the time of writing) features a sleek body and double cameras co-designed by Leica. It boasts an IP67 rating, which means its water-resistant until one meter and up to 30 minutes.  From B24,900

5 Best Songkran cultural events
News

5 Best Songkran cultural events

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) teams up with local sponsors to celebrate Songkran in a traditional way.

Tropical-inspired outfits you need this Songkran season
News

Tropical-inspired outfits you need this Songkran season

What to wear during Songran festival?