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Best Places to Celebrate Songkran Thailand

Songkran is the most popular festival in Thailand and usually celebrate around 13-15th of April in every year. April is also the hottest month of the year, so this is probably a perfect time to have a water fight around in this month! Here’s how to have a great Songkran in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Songkran in Bangkok

Silom

This is the biggest place to head to experience Songkran in Bangkok. Where the roads is packed with thousands of people carrying water guns. The highlights of this place are the fire trucks with a powerful water spray on them!

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Khao San Road

The water fight here is mixed with one big wild and noisy party! Khao San Road is the place to go if you want to hit the crowds armed with a cocktail bucket and a water gun. This place will make sure that no one can escape from getting wet

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Siam Square

This place is more chill and suitable for kids and family. There are stages and activities in front of Central World, including music, low-key watery fun, and cultural events. Alcohol and powder are banned.

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Sanam Luang

If you want to escape from the hectic streets, I suggest you to come to Suan Luang.

Sanum Luang is a great place for cultural Songkran fun with performances and ceremonies that showcase Thai culture, heritage, and values.

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Songkran in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is where the Songkran Festival is originated from. Generally, Songkran is celebrated widely throughout the city center. Yet, the most popular places among the locals are as following:

Thapae Gate or Chiang Mai Gate

It is the major entrance into Chiang Mai city with literally intensity in swashing by the water gun fight. Apart from the water gun fight l there is a large stages set up with various performances and you’ll see plenty of people wearing traditional Thai costumes.

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The Moat

The old city of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a moat, which is often used for those to re-fill the water guns & buckets, which will only last for a few seconds, as it will get thrown to the person next to you

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Nimmanhaemin Road

Apart from getting soak, the Maya shopping mall in Nimmanhaemin road has a stage set up every day with a different artist & DJ to keep you entertained all day long.

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Schedule of Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2019:

Activities Date Time Venue
1. Bathing Rite of Setangkhamanee Bhuddha Image and Folk Art Performance 1-3 April 09.00 – 23.00 Chiang Man Temple
2. Poy Sang Long, Bhuddha Image Bathing Rite, Sand Pile Building 4-6 April 09.00 -22.00 Pa Pao Temple
3. Bathing Rite of Phra Sapphanyu Chao Detmuang 7-9 April 09.00 – 22.00 Chiang Yuen Temple
4. Tracing Pee Mai Muang Tradition, Bathing Ritual for Buddha Image, Making of Lanna Flags 7-16 April 06.00 – 20.00 Lok Mo Lee Temple
5. Lanna Flags Decoration 9-15 April All day Around four moats
6. Sand Pile Building, Buddha Image Bath Rite, New Blessing Rite Local Folk Arts Performances 10-15 April 08.00 – 21.00 Jed Lin Temple
7. Celebration ceremony of Phra Singha Bhuddha Image, Kad Mua (Local Market) Thai Folk Singing Contest, Local Art and Cultural Performances 11-15 April 08.00 – 24.00 Phra Sing Temple
8. Worshipping Ceremony for Three Kings Monument and Worshiping Phraya Meng Rai 11-12 April All day Three Kings Monument
9. Bathing Rite of Jom Sri Puri Nam Nang Rua and the Salutation Ceremony to San Swae Buddha Image 11-16 April 09.00 – 22.00 Yang Kuang Temple
10. Alms-Giving Ceremony in the Celebration of 723rd Anniversary of the establishment of the Chiang Mai City 12 April 06.00 – 08.00 Three Kings Monument
11. Salutation and Worship Ceremony to the Head of Kabillaphrom (God of Songkran) 12 April 10.09 – 11.39 Chiang Mai Municipality
12. Bathing Rite for Buddha’s Relic 12-15 April 09.00 – 22.00 Pan On Temple
13. Alms-Giving Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2019 13 April 06.00 – 08.00 Tha Pae Gate
14. Opening Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2019 13 April 08.09 – 08.39 Tha Pae Gate
15. Invitation Rite for the transportation of Phra Buddha Sihing 13 April 09.09 – 09.39 Phra Sing Temple
16. Cycling Parade of the Women ride bicycle hold umbrella Contest 13 April 07.00 – 12.00 Tha Pae Gate
17. Lanna Traditional Devotion Ornaments Contest 13 April 07.00 – 11.30 Tha Pae Gate
18. Invitation Rite of Phra Buddha Sihing and Important Buddha Images Procession 13 April 13.30 – 18.00 Sanpakhoi Intersection to Phra Sing Temple
19. Miss & Mister Songkran Contest 13-14 April 19.00 – 24.00 Tha Pae Gate
20. Lanna handicraft demonstration booths & Free Workshop by TAT Chiang Mai Office 13-15 April 13.00 – 18.00 Tha Pae Gate
21.1 Tracing Lanna Culture: Cultural open space for temple fair, Local market, wisdom art performances, theatre knowledge, Cultural Art Performance 14-15 April 17.00 – 22.00 Three Kings Monument
21.2 Tracing Lanna Culture: Light & Sound presentation: Telling the story of Songkran Festival 14-15 April 17.00 – 22.00

 

Lanna Folk life Museum
21.3 Tracing Lanna Culture: Exhibition of Songkran Festival 14-15 April 17.00 – 22.00

 

Lanna Folk life Museum
22. Songkran Kids Contest 15 April 19.00 – 23.00 Tha Pae Gate
23. Alcohol-Free Activities by Health Promotion Foundation 13-15 April 09.00-18.00 Town area
24. Lanna cultural open space for Pee Mai Muang 13-16 April 13.00 – 18.00 Bhuddhasatharn
25. Procession of Holy Bodhi Tree Supportive Wood and sand offering to temple 14 April 13.30 -17.00 Iron Bridge to Temples
26. Procession of the Salutation Ornaments for the Governor of Chiang Mai 15 April 13.30 – 18.00 Klangwiang Intersection Governor’s Resident

How to Survive Songkran Festival

So, if you find yourself in Thailand during the Songkran festival, there is no way of not getting a water fight or wet. So please be prepared and take good care of your belongings keep them in the hotel or in water proof bags. Take splashing and water fight in the good humor as it is intended and if you don’t want to get wet stay indoors or in the hotel.

So plan ahead for the Songkran 2019 by booking accommodations early. Where you book for your accommodation depends on where you plan to celebrate this festival, whether Bangkok or Chiang Mai.



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