Where to Celebrate Songkran in Bangkok?

Bangkok is the best place to party in Thailand, any day of the year.

But during Songkran, things get to a whole different level.

It's by far the best time of the year to visit Bangkok, and if, like me, you love to party and don't mind getting wet, you're going to have a blast celebrating Songkran in Bangkok.

But to make the most of the Thai New Year, you need to know where to go.
So here are the best places to party in Bangkok during Songkran.

Thai Girls water fight for Songkran

What is Songkran?

For the rest of the world, Songkran is a big water festival with water fights everywhere in Thailand.

In case you don't know it yet, Songkran is more than a huge countrywide water fight.

Before being a festival, Songkran is first and foremost the Thai New Year.

Officially, Thailand uses the Thai lunar calendar and not the Gregorian calendar.

So, for example, 2023 is B.E. 2566 in Thailand.

Part of the original celebration includes pouring scented water onto the elders' hands to apologize for your sins and ask for their blessing (more about Songkran tradition).

Even though it is still true today, and you're going to see most Thais celebrate Songkran in a more traditional way, spending time with their family, going to the temple, etc.

For the rest of the world, Songkran is a big water festival with water fights everywhere in Thailand.

And that’s what you’re going to see the most if you celebrate Songkran in Bangkok.

songkran festival in Khaosan Road

When is Songkran?

Songkran is every year on April 13th.

But Songkran holidays are usually 3 days.

In 2023, Songkran will be from April 13th to April 17th.

Most parties and celebrations will start on Thursday 13th, with the biggest events on Friday and Saturday.

After being canceled for 2 years and only a small celebration in 2022 due to COVID, you can expect Songkran 2023 to be the biggest one ever.

songkran in Bangkok

Where To Party During Songkran In Bangkok?

Now let's get to the fun part.

Where is the best party?

During Songkran, you truly have endless options to party in Bangkok.

You've got water fights in streets closed for the occasion like Silom or Khaosan Road.

Special Songkran pool parties all across the city.

And some of the biggest music festivals in Bangkok take place during that period too.

Water Fights

You've probably seen videos of huge water fights in Bangkok and that might be the reason why you want to come to Songkran this year.

Some streets are closed during the festival and turned into walking streets filled with stages, performances, and people from all over Thailand (and the world) joining into the biggest water fights you've ever seen.

Silom

Songkran celerbation in Silom Bangkok

Silom is with Khaosan where you've got the biggest water fight in the city.

The street is closed on both sides, there are stages with shows and people go up and down the street, engaging in raging water fights.

It's intense but if you've never tried it before, it's a must-do.

Siam

Like Silom, Siam is hosting shows and water fights during Songkran.

Every year they have different shows and celebrations and it's more family-friendly than other streets.

Khaosan Road

Bangkok's most infamous backpacker's street also attracts a hectic crowd for Songkran.

Expect the street to be packed with travelers and locals fighting with buckets full of ice-cold water and blasting music from the top to the bottom of the street.

Soi Cowboy and Nana

Out of the 3 red-light districts in Bangkok, 2 of them, Soi Cowboy and Nana also engage in water fights for Songkran.

Who said gogo girls are not fun?

RCA

Famous for its nightlife, RCA doesn't slow down during Songkran either.

The street is also closed to circulation and most bars and clubs get together to turn the street into a block festival.

RCA also welcomes one of the two biggest music festivals during Songkran, Siam Songkran Festival (more on that below).

Music Festivals

stage at s20 Songkran festival in Bangkok

For EDM fans, Songkran is one of the best times of the year to visit Bangkok.

Two of the biggest music festivals in Bangkok take place during this period, S2O Songkran and Siam Songkran Festival.

Both festivals bring some of the biggest DJs in the world to take over Bangkok with thousands gathering for a massive water fight with blasting dance music until late at night.

Pool Parties

Songkran W Pool Party in Bangkok

As water is at the center of the celebration during Songkran you can imagine how popular Bangkok pool parties are during this period.

It's simple, almost every pool party organizer in Bangkok hosts special events during these days.

When you usually have 1 or 2 pool parties each weekend in Bangkok, during Songkran you have up to 3 or 4 each day.

Clubs

songkran party at a club in Bangkok

That's the only time of the year when you can enter any club in Bangkok with swim shorts and flip-flops.

That means you can go straight from a pool party to a club and party all day and all night during Songkran.

Just remember to bring your ID.

Gentlemen’s Clubs

promo banner for The PIMP Bangkok Wet & Wild Songkran festival 2023

The top gentlemen's clubs are not at rest.

They bring the best Thai artists to perform all week to attract Thai customers.

But if you want a truly wild party, that is also fun for foreigners, and where you're sure to party with hot Thai bikini models, go to The PIMP.

Their Wet & Wild Songkran festival is the best sexy festival in Bangkok for Songkran.

It’s an event you need to attend at least once in your life.

Where I'm Going to Party For Songkran?

Unfortunately, Songkran's biggest parties were canceled in 2020 AND 2021.

And I missed Songkran in 2022.

So 2023 is the year, friends!

The plan will be to go to as many places as possible and bring a lot of friends along.

For sure, there's going to be one day in Silom, Khaosan, a pool party, and a club.

And at least three nights at The PIMP for the Wet & Wild Songkran festival.

 

Where to Stay in Bangkok for Songkran?

vie hotel bangkok

As always when you come to Bangkok, I recommend booking something as close as possible to the action.

This way, you don't have to struggle with traffic or spend too much time looking for taxis and tuk-tuks, which are in high demand during these days.

If you plan to go to a music festival, to Khaosan, or Silom, book something in that area.

And book something at least two months in advance. Bangkok is always packed during Songkran.

I know people who book their hotel or Airbnb 1 year in advance!

For more suggestions on where to stay in Bangkok, check that page.

How To Survive Songkran ?

If it's your first time celebrating Songkran in Bangkok (or anywhere else in Thailand), here are some useful tips:

  • 💦 Buy a waterproof bag. Throw in there your money, your phone, and an ID in there, and you're good to go.
  • 💲 Don't wear anything expensive. Swim shorts, a t-shirt, flip-flops, and sunglasses to protect your eyes, and you're ready. Like for the Full Moon Party, don't wear anything you're not ready to lose. Things can (and will) get wild.
  • 🔫 Buy a water gun. Because you can't avoid the water fights even if you're trying to. So defend yourself!
  • 🎟️ Book in advance. Way in advance! Especially for hotels and music festivals. Every year, the tickets for the best parties are sold out in days, and it's hard to find anything available if you don't book months in advance.

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Thanks for reading until the end.

To learn more about Bangkok, check my guide and different posts about the city here and my nightlife guide over here.

And if you have any questions, ask me anything in the comments below.

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