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Songkran 2019 : program

From the 12th to the 16th of April it’s Songkran 2019. As always the feast of water is an opportunity to make big battles of water. It is also a very important traditional holiday for Thai people. Presentation of the Songkran festivities in Bangkok.

 

Songkran and tradition

Many events are organized to celebrate Songkran, but the real Songkran is primarily in families. It is during this period that the elders are honored for their blessing. By their longevity, they show the way to follow, the wisdom to acquire. Songkran is therefore a good time to reunite the family around the elders.

There are two types of festivities for Songkran. The first, the traditional is centered on family and religion. We go to temples and we will honor Buddha.

The second is much more playful, more “vulgus pecus”, as can be seen with battles or water festivals. They are often memorable … do not miss!


Traditional Events

Bangkok Water festival [usr 3]

The Water Festival has become one of the most important events on the capital. As every year, the festival is mostly traditional – it is not here that we make the big water battles. In 9 places, visitors can attend and participate in workshops: cooking, weaving, kite-making, etc.

The festival will take place from April 13 to 15 in 9 locations along the Chao Phraya:

  •  Wat Pho [usr 3.5]
  • Wat Arun – Thomburi [usr 3.5]
  • In the Wat Kalyanamitra whose renovations have just been completed [usr 4]
  • Wat Prayoon Wongsawat – Thomburi. [usr 3]
  • Tha Maharaj – pier after the Grand Palais [usr 1]
  • Yodpiman River Walk – The yellow building next to the flower market [usr 1]
  • Long 1919 : open only in the evening from 6:00 PM [usr 3.5]
  • Sooksiam – Iconsiam [usr 1]
  • Asiatique Riverfront: open only in the evening from 6:00 PM[usr 1]

Between each place, shuttles will circulate for free.


Songkran at Wat Saket – The Golden Mountain [usr 4]

From April 12 to April 15, the main traditional ceremonies will take place daily at the Golden Mountain. You have to go there in the morning to see the most symbolic rituals. It is a sacred place, so we come with the greatest respect (no water rifle, swimsuit, etc.)


For a cultural and artistic Songkran [usr 4]

All in Chang Chui from April 12 to 16 for a festival full of creativity and without water battle.


The big water battles

The information is still contradictory … Due to the festivities related to the coronation of the king at the beginning of May, the authorities and the associations of traders canceled the 3 big usual meetings of the battles:

  • Khao san Road [usr 2]
  • Silom Road [usr 4]
  • Soi Nana – Sukhumvit 4 [usr 2]

However, the cancellation means the organization of battles, concerts, animation, etc. In fact, everyone is free to come to one of these 3 places with his “weapon” water (of course).

As every year, there will be battles at the Central Word from the 13th to the 15th.


The clubs : Songkran with sound…

Counting the number of parties in clubs is impossible. Here is a small non-exhaustive list:

2 clubs (but there are others) will make a dry Songkran, no water, but streams of sounds:

Dry Songkan 2019

An evening without water but with sound. More than 10 DJs will succeed each other between April 12 and April 15. Free admission. Thonglor District.

DND Water Circus: The Submarine

The theme of the submarine but without water for 3 evenings. Free admission.

clubs with sound and water

Songkran SO Pool Party

Sounds every afternoon on April 13 and 14, burgers and a big pool … The Water Club, SO Sofitel Bangkok. Entrance fee 700 baht a day – 1250 baht 2 days.

AmBar Pool Party Songkran Fest.

From 02:00 PM, April 13th of the good sound -hip hop- in a very festive atmosphere … Pay entrance: 350 baht with a drink. At Sheraton Hotel – Sukhumvit soi 15.

Wipeout – RCA Rama9

One of the traditional places to make big water battles and listen to sound. Paid entry. Booking is recommended.

Festival with water and concert

SIAM Songkran Music Festival

S20 Festival

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