A Guide to Celebrate Songkran Festival 2024 and Experience the Extraordinary Thai New Year

Songkran is just a few days away, aren’t you excited about the extreme Thai New Year while Thailand has a boiling temperature that is crazy, imagine that it rises from 34 to 40 degrees, and it's kind of draining. You might be wondering when it will be so happening. The Songkran Festival also known as Thai’s Traditional New Year 2024 will be celebrated this coming April 13 to 15, that’s exactly right, 3 days of celebration.

This will be the second big celebration after the COVID pandemic went off, In 2024, the festival promises to be bigger and more vibrant than ever before. Here's a guide on what you should prepare and when to go to make the most of this spectacular event.

Before it goes crazy, should be prepared before entering the festival:

  • Waterproof Bag: Prepare to get wet! Water fights are a key part of the Songkran celebrations, so make sure to pack a waterproof bag to keep your belongings safe. 
  • Comfortable Clothes: On the day of the celebration, wear anything comfortable during the festival that’s okay for you to get wet and able to move easily.
  • Water Gun or Bucket: Join in the fun of the water fights by arming yourself with a water gun or bucket. Be prepared to get drenched from head to toe as you engage in friendly water battles with locals and fellow revelers.
  • Sunscreen and Hat: With the festival taking place in April, the sun can be quite intense. Protect your skin by applying sunscreen regularly and wearing a hat to shield yourself from the sun's rays.
  • Reservations: Songkran is a popular time for both locals and tourists, so make sure to book your accommodations and transportation in advance to avoid any last-minute hassles.

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Where can you celebrate?

You can celebrate the Songkran Festival everywhere in Thailand since this is but the most notable locations to celebrate are Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Bangkok, and Phuket. Plan and choose your best spot to celebrate.

When you should Go:

The Songkran Festival officially takes place from April 13 to 15, but the celebrations often extend for several days before and after these dates. If you want to experience the full vibrancy of the festival, plan to arrive a few days early and stay a few days after the main event. Don’t forget to put some water protection into your bag If you’re walking on the street if you don’t want your bag to get wet.

Core Events:

  • Water Splashing Ceremonies: Join in the traditional water splashing ceremonies held at temples and other sacred sites to receive blessings for the New Year.
  • Street Parties: Immerse yourself in the lively street parties that take place in major cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. Dance to traditional Thai music, sample delicious street food, and join in the water fights that rage on throughout the day and night.
  • Cultural Performances: Watch traditional Thai dance performances, music concerts, and cultural displays that showcase the beauty and diversity of Thai culture.
  • Floating Lanterns: Release a floating lantern into the night sky as a symbol of letting go of the past and embracing new beginnings in the New Year.


The Songkran Festival 2024 promises to be a time of joy, celebration, and renewal. By preparing in advance and knowing when to go, you can make the most of this vibrant and unforgettable event. So pack your bags, bring your traditional Thai outfit and summer outfit, and get ready to ring in the Thai New Year in style at the Songkran Festival 2024!

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