Monday, March 12, 2018

Celebrate Songkran 2018 With Traveloka

One of the many countries that Malaysians love visiting is the land of the delicious tomyams, beautiful beaches and not forgetting the affordable shopping heaven, Thailand.  Another reason why you should totally visit Thailand is for their Thai Buddhist New Year, also known as Songkran. Songkran is definitely the most festive celebration in Thailand on the 13-15th of April. While the official days last three days but in reality, the whole week is taken over by a mass celebration as the whole country shuts down for the world’s biggest water fights and street parties. As water is the symbol of cleanliness, the meaning behind drenching everyone with splashes is to symbolically was off all misfortunes in the past year and welcoming the new year with a fresh start.

Now, for the exciting part, which part of Thailand should I be in to celebrate Songkran?


As the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok sees at least half its residents make their way back to their hometowns for family reunions. Taking their place are the tourists who fly into Bangkok to enjoy the most happening time of the year. Though most office buildings, banks and even family-run shops and restaurants shut down completely, Bangkok is the place to be for it is where the party happens. The biggest, brashest parties are found in two places in particular - Khao San Road and Silom Road. Get your water guns ready for the best, wettest time of your life. If you are planning to experience Songkran here, get your flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok exclusively from Traveloka for the lowest fares ever seen. 

Chiang Mai

Songkran in Chiang Mai is easily the wettest, the most fun compared to any of the nationwide celebrations. Though Bangkok’s parties may be the biggest and Pattaya’s are the longest, in Chiang Mai, its all different as water is thrown abundantly here, making it one of the most popular places in the whole of Southeast Asia. Do visit the Tha Pae Gate in the Old City to enjoy an exciting, full 4km of water fighting along the old moat that once protected the city and its people.


Being Thailand’s most popular beach destination, Phuket houses some of the wildest celebrations during Songkran. Everyone will surely get involved in this spectacular water fight, even the police swaps their firearm with a toy water gun to join in the fun. Patong Beach is where Songkran happens full blown, though you might consider this place to be the center for bar hopping and the best nightlife. During Songkran, do indulge yourself in the intense water fight along Soi Bangla. 


When Pattaya is known as the party city of Thailand, it really does not come as shock that Songkran festivals here last longer than usuals. There will be water fights going on during the regular Songkran days (13th-15th April) but, uniquely, Pattaya celebrates into the following week too. Known in Thai as the Wan Lai Festival, this year the biggest day of revelry will be on April 19th so if you arrive in Thailand a little late this is your last chance to party. 

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Now that you know where to spend your next holidays, time to book your tickets before it's all gone. Get cheap air tickets to the various parts of Thailand this year for the most rad and dope Songkran with Traveloka.

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