Songkran Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

Immerse yourself in the biggest water warfare in Thailand

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Best time to visit
Apr - Oct
Ideal Duration
6-7 Days
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Rs. 7,999
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  • Religious Tour

About Songkran Festival In Chiang Mai

If you are planning to explore Chiang Mai, then Thai New Year- Songkran Festival is the best time to explore the misty mountains of the city. Held between 13th and 15th of April every year, this water festival is one of the most anticipated festivals in Thailand. And, Chiang Mai is famed for hosting one of the biggest celebrations of the festival. Celebrated all across Thailand, the official opening ceremony of Sangkron helds at one of the most prominent temples, called Wat Pho where the gilded reclining Buddha resides. Besides splashing water, the ritual of bathing and procession of the Buddha image are also performed during the extended holiday.

History of Songkran Festival

Introduced by Brahmins from India with the belief that the sun passes into Aries, Songkran water festival marks the beginning of a new year as per the astrological charts. Deriving its name from the sanskrit term, ‘sankranti’, which means ‘moving forward’, this festival of water coincides with the traditional new year of India. A festival of wishes and blessings, the sprinkling of water symbolizes the removal of bad luck and establishment of new resolutions.

Best Spot for Songkran

If you are visiting Chiang Mai, and do not know where to go for Songkran Festival celebration, then head to Thapae Gate. Filled with locals and tourists ready to splash people with water pistols and buckets of water, this place is the major entrance in the city of Chiang Mai. Moreover, as the festival is celebrated all across the region, there is no alley or town where you may find an escape to a safe place.

Songkran Festival Activities

Partake in Water Battles: Head to Thapae Gate, and partake in the massive water battle where people of every age are immersed in water fights with water pistols and foam machines.

Stroll along the moat: Enjoy a fun walk through the long stretch of road along the moat replete with numerous water battles and lots of laughter. However, be careful and prevent water getting into your eyes and mouth as the water fetched from the moat is, definitely, not the cleanest. Here, you may also enjoy Thai music and buy souvenirs, clothes, and savor the delicious food from an array of stalls.

Wet along Nimmanhaemin Road: Shortened to be called as Nimman Road, Nimmanhaemin Road is crammed with numerous shops and boutique hotels. And during Thai Songkran Festival, there are a plethora of water fights, DJs, and performers to entertain the crowd at the entrance of the Maya Mall.

Explore the small streets: Choose to stroll through the small streets of the city instead of indulging in a crowd. And, have a fun interaction with the locals while they are ready to drench you with water pistols and tubs of cold water.

Besides that, a tuk-tuk tour through the streets of Chiang Mai is also something you couldn’t miss out on. In addition to getting soaked in the streets, the Thai New Year is also about seeking blessings from the monks, witnessing the colorful procession of Buddha image along with dancers and musicians, and visiting the revered temples.

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Though every major attraction & shops remain closed during the Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai, there is still a lot to do in the city. You may choose to partake in water fights, witness the Buddha procession, enjoy a tuk-tuk tour, or wander around the streets of the city.

The term ‘Songkran’ has been derived from the sanskrit term, ‘sankranti’, which is the name of the harvest festival celebrated in India. This festival marks the beginning of spring season and coincides with the new year as per the astrological charts. Hence, the Thai New Year- Songkran Festival is also celebrated in the month of April.

Besides Thailand, Songkran Festival is also celebrated in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mayanmar, and Vietnam.

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