The Songkran season is upon us once again. Thailand is a hot place, especially towards the month of April, which also happens to be an occasion to mark the Thai New Year, also known as “Songkran” in the Thai language.
The occasion is widely known as the greatest festival in the world, where people gather to celebrate the New Year. If you are visiting Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, then you will have memories to re-live when you celebrate Songkran in this famous location. The 3-day festival is a fun event to send blessings to each other, and wish other people the best for the new year.Traditionally, water is thrown at the participants as a symbol of good luck.
In Bangkok, the scene looks like a water festival as people splash each other with water in the streets. People are seen carrying water guns and containers of water in the streets, ready for the “water fight”. Those who want unlimited ammunition use hose pipes to water as many people as they can.
If you are walking the streets of Bangkok during this festive season, be prepared to get wet. The heat that soars to high temperatures in this season provides an incentive to get watered, so it’s not just a holiday to send New Year wishes, but to cool down.
Celebrating the April New Year in Bangkok is pleasant because the streets are cleared of traffic and crowds as people leave the city to visit their family members and friends in the province. If you are driving, then you will have an easy ride around town, allowing you to move quickly and get around without traffic hassles.
Places to Visit in Bangkok during Songkran
Bangkok offers a few places to celebrate the Thai New Year. Here are some of the places where you will find people having fun and enjoying the water festival:
- Khao San Road
- Phra Pradaeng
- Lan Khon Mueang
- Silom Road
What to Bring To the Festival:
- Water resistant clothes.
- Simple clothing.
- A water gun to spray people.
- Fun shirt to mark Songkran – you can get a shirt from the shops with the year marked.
- Face powder – to bring you luck.
- Above all, be in the mood and have fun with everybody.