If you haven’t heard of Songkran, you’re missing out on one of Thailand’s most notable holidays! Also known as the Thai new year, it is always celebrated from April 13th – 15th, during the year’s hottest month. It now spans the spectrum from fascinating cultural events that include merit-making and parades, to epic wet ‘n wild Songkran in Khaosan Road parties.
Did you know? It wasn’t all Songkran in Khaosan Road water wars from the start! Rooted in Buddhist tradition, the celebrations used only light sprinkles of water to symbolize purifying yourself and starting anew. It was and still is a time where relatives assemble, and merit is made at the many temples throughout the nation. Firstly, as a sign of respect, perfumed jasmine water is poured over Buddha statues and over the hands and feet of the elderly. Over the years, this turned into the popular wet and wild water fights. You’ve never quite cooled off this way before!
When it comes to the best Songkran party in Bangkok, you need experience Songkran at Khaosan Road. The fun starts from April 13th, where Khaosan road and neighboring Rambuttri road become epic water fights. Come armed with your best water gun, and be sure to make use of the many water refill stations! If you need to rest, come recharge in Streats café, where you can get the best food during Songkran. Keep with the Thai spirit and enjoy a spicy minced pork and Thai holy basil on rice, or go hearty with one of the 7 signature burgers.