Thailand Travel: Songkran Festival

Songkran is considered the traditional New Year of the Thai people. Every year, this country attracts millions of visitors thanks to this special festival.

The traditional Thai New Year starts on April 13 every year consisting of two ceremonies and festivals. The ceremony includes familiar activities such as cleaning the house, receiving Buddha statues around the city, and celebrating a Buddha bathing ceremony. In the assembly, Songkran brings many folk games and beauty contests. The difference in how to organize Songkran in each region attracts visitors to explore and experience.

Chiang Mai is the cradle of the Thai Songkran water festival. This is the place to preserve many art performances associated with the Lanna dynasty in Chiang Mai. Songkran in Chiang Mai usually starts from 12/4 which is called Wan Sungkharn Lohng day.

In Bangkok, Songkran has many differences. Those who want to learn traditional and folk cultural values can visit many ancient temples like Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Suthat, Wat Arun, or Wat Pho. There, visitors not only get a chance to see but also have a chance to learn about the king Kabilaprom who cut his head when he lost in the challenge with Prince Thammaban through the words of the monks.

Arriving in Bangkok Songkran season, visitors will not feel lost and bored. Banglamphu area, Rattanakosin square, Phra Athit, Santhichaiprakan, Wisut Krasat or West Khao San street are places where water splashes are busy and exciting.

If the trip is not made in time for the Songkran New Year, visitors still have the opportunity to experience the water festival in the coastal city of Pattaya, Chonburi Province. There, Wan Laay (Songkran) festival is held after the main Songkran festival (from April 18 to April 20).

Phuket is also an attractive address for the Songkran festival. Across the coastal streets like Soi Bangla or Patong, the atmosphere is always exciting with water splashing, partying, anthem and dancing.