Songkran Festival 2023: Where to Celebrate Thai New Year?

If you are planning to travel around Thailand in April 2023, make sure to enjoy the most fun and amazing Thai festival of the year - Songkran Festival! Find the best places to celebrate Songkran Festival 2023 in Thailand.

Songkran Festival

What is Songkran Festival?

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival according to the Buddhist/Hindu solar calendar. It’s held annually from the 13th to 15th of April. In some areas they start to celebrate Songkran even earlier and the celebration goes on for whole week. During Songkran Thai families get together, make merit at the temples and pay respect to the elders for the blessing. More well-known side of Songkran is a three-day long water fight throughout the whole country.

Where to Celebrate Songkran in Thailand?

Khao San Road, Bangkok

  • Date: 12-15 April 2023
  • Time: 12:00-20:00

Chula Soi 5, Bangkok

  • Event: International Amazing Splash 2023
  • Date: 13-15 April 2023
  • Time: 10:00-20:00

ICONSIAM, Bangkok

  • Event: The ICONIC Songkran Festival 2023
  • Date: 11-17 April 2023
  • Time: 10:00-20:00

ICONSIAM is one of the venues of the traditional Water Festival 2023, which is a unique Songkran Festival celebration on the main landmarks along the Chao Phraya River.


Looking for other places where you could celebrate Songkran Festival in Bangkok? More options can be found here: Songkran 2023 in Bangkok.


Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan

  • Event: Phra Pradeang Songkran Festival 2023
  • Date: 21-23 April 2023

Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Sukhothai

  • Event: Song Nam – Oi Tan Ceremony, Songkran Si Satchanalai 2023
  • Date: 8-12 April 2023

Clock Tower Intersection and Wat Pong Sanuk, Lampang

  • Event: Lampang Salung Luang Songkran Festival 2023
  • Date: 8-13 April 2023

Chiang Mai Municipality, Chiang Mai

  • Event: Paweni Pi Mai Muang Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2023
  • Date: 13-16 April 2023

If you are planning to join the celebration of Thai New Year in Northern Thailand, check for the best places to celebrate Songkran 2023 in Chiang Mai.


Wat Woranat Banphot (Wat Kop), Nakhon Sawan

  • Event: Songkran 2023 in the City of 4 Rivers
  • Date: 13-16 April 2023

Pai, Mae Hong Son

  • Event: Pai Songkran’s Lai Day Festival 2023
  • Date: 20-21 April 2023

Bueng Kaen Nakhon and Sri Chan Road, Khon Kaen

  • Event: Dok Khun, Siang Kaen and Khao Niew Road Songkran Festival 2023
  • Date: 8-15 April 2023

UD TOWN, Udon Thani

  • Event: UD TOWN Songkran Festival 2023
  • Date: 12-16 April 2023

Phaya Si Sattanakharat Courtyard, Nakhon Phanom

  • Event: Khao Pun Road Songkran Festival 2023
  • Date: 13-15 April 2023

Hat Yai, Songkhla

  • Event: Hat Yai Midnight Songkran 2023
  • Date: 12-13 April 2023

Sri Thammasokaraj Public Park, Nakhon Si Thammarat

  • Event: Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Nang Dan Songkran Festival 2023
  • Date: 13-15 April 2023

For more information about Songkran celebration check: Songkran Festival.


If you are planning to visit Bangkok for Songkran Festival, make sure to book your hotel near one of the best Songkran celebration spots in the city. The best areas to stay in Bangkok during Songkran are listed here: Bangkok Hotels for Songkran Holiday


Songkran Specials at Hotels around Thailand

Floating Markets and Candlelit Dinners on Koh Samui

To mark Thai New Year on April 13-15, luxury resort Banyan Tree Samui will recreate a “Floating Market” theme at The Edge restaurant, a venue that offers guests a panoramic vista of the bay and sapphire blue sea. And for one night only on April 13, the hotel’s stunning beachfront restaurant Sands will host a Samui Street Market Buffet including a traditional Bamboo Dance and a fire show. Price is THB 2,300 nett per person. To round off the Songkran holiday feeling on April 15, Sands will host an International BBQ Night (Price THB 2,900 nett per person) which will include live music and a beachfront fire show. And throughout Thai New Year, Banyan Tree Samui’s signature restaurant Saffron will play host to a Songkran Celebration Set Menu with Candlelight Thai Dancing from 20:00 to 20:30 each evening from April 13 to 17. Price is THB 2,650 nett per person (including wine).

Floating Markets and Candlelit Dinners on Koh Samui

Pool Party Makes a Splash in Chiang Mai to Celebrate Songkran

Meliá Chiang Mai will host a pool party on April 13 to mark Songkran, featuring five DJs from entertainers Elevate CNX, beverage promotions, a barbecue, lucky draw and more. The Songkran Festival Pool Party will be staged from 14:00-21:00 at the urban hotel’s picture-perfect swimming pool on the first floor above the lobby. Executive chef Suksant Chutinthratip (Billy) and his team will serve a selection of grilled items alongside truffle popcorn and freshly made churros with chocolate sauce. Priced at THB 800 net per person inclusive of a glass of beer or mixer shots and entry in the lucky draw, the party is open to anyone over the age of 20.

Pool Party Makes a Splash in Chiang Mai to Celebrate Songkran

Have fun and get soaked!