Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Celebrate Songkran in BangkokBangkok is hot and steamy year-round, but it reaches a sweaty crescendo in mid-April. Fortunately, these peak temperatures happen to coincide with Songkran (Thai New Year) when Thais and visitors drench each other with water as the thermometers soar. Arguably Bangkok’s most raucous Songkran party, Silom is not for the faint of heart. For three days over the New Year period, a 5 kilometer stretch of normally traffic-choked Silom Road is instead crammed with temporary food and beer stands and young (mostly Thai) revelers – all of whom, it seems, toting water guns of luminous hue. Another raucous place to mark the festival is the backpacker Mecca of Khao San Road. The spiritual side of Songkran, meanwhile, gets more of a look in at Sanam Luang, a ceremonial area in Bangkok’s royal city. On the first day of the festival the Buddha image “Buddhasihing” is brought out from the National Museum and brought here for devotees to sprinkle water on. There are also art and cultural performances.
AFAR Local Expert
almost 3 years ago
Songkran in Silom
Bangkok is hot and steamy year-round, but it reaches its sweaty crescendo in mid-April. Fortunately, these peak temperatures happen to coincide with Songkran (Thai New Year) when Thais and visitors drench each other with water as the thermometers soar. The raucous celebrations reach their apex at a number of key areas in the city. Things get lively around Khao San Road and in Nana on Sukhumvhit Road. Perhaps the best place to get drenched, however, is in the city’s central Silom business district where a packed crowd of revellers take their soaking very seriously.