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Songkran Festivities Across Thailand With Avani


Songkran, Thailand's grandest festival, marks the Thai New Year with an unparalleled display of water splashes, cultural richness, and spirited celebrations. As spring ushers in a new beginning, our properties across Thailand invite you to immerse yourself in this joyous occasion, blending traditional customs with modern festivities.

From Bangkok's bustling streets to the serene beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui, Songkran is a nationwide spectacle of joy and renewal. Here’s how different regions across Thailand celebrate Songkran, offering guests a unique taste of Thai New Year traditions.

Bangkok: The Heartbeat of Celebration

A crowd celebrating Songkran on the street with water guns. In Bangkok, Songkran transforms the bustling city into a massive water fight zone. Streets like Silom and Khao San Road become arenas for good-natured battles with water guns, buckets, and hoses. World-renowned DJs arrive to play at the biggest water festivals like S2O Music Festival. Stay at Avani (Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel and Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel) to be close to all the fun. Enjoy traditional Thai meals and performances that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the New Year celebration.

Phuket: Island Celebrations

Two children (on two pool floats) and an adult having fun in the swimming pool. Phuket’s Patong Beach (particularly Bangla Road) becomes a lively spot for Songkran, with beach parties and water fights along the coast. Prep yourself with water-proof accessories and head to the beachfront events. After a full day (or three days) of activities all day and night, Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket Suites & Villas offers a serene retreat to simply relax.

Koh Samui: Tropical Songkran

Four adults having fun in the swimming pool (two adult men are jumping in the air into the pool). Koh Samui offers a tropical backdrop for Songkran celebrations, with Chaweng Beach leading the festivities. Explore the array of beachside events tailored for families and thrill-seekers alike. If you want to go all out: Stay at Avani Chaweng Samui Hotel & Beach Club to be right in the middle of it all. For a slower pace, escape to Avani+ Samui Resort with special spa treatments inspired by Songkran’s emphasis on cleansing and renewal.

Krabi: Songkran by the Cliffs

An aerial view of Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort. Krabi, set against a backdrop of towering limestone cliffs and crystal-clear waters, offers a more laid-back Songkran experience. The serene beaches and local communities come alive with gentle water sprinklings, symbolising purification and the washing away of bad luck. Get away to Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort or Avani+ Koh Lanta Krabi Resort, nestled in the heart of this picturesque landscape. Engage in the local community's celebrations with traditional music, dance, and a chance to participate in the making of "scented water" used to bless friends and family, reflecting the true essence of Songkran's new beginnings.

Hua Hin: A Royal Take on Songkran

A colorful street market in Hua Hin during the day. In Hua Hin, Songkran flourishes with a regal touch, reflecting its status as a favoured retreat for Thai royalty. The streets of this quaint coastal town reverberate with the joyous energy of water fights, while traditional practices like the bathing of Buddha images and paying respect to elders add a layer of cultural depth to the festivities. Avani+ Hua Hin Resort embraces the festival with special events that cater to those looking to immerse themselves in Thai culture.

Chiang Mai: Tradition Meets Revelry

A group of young monks walking across the street. Venture north to Chiang Mai, where Songkran reveals its more traditional side. Chiang Mai hosts one of the most iconic Songkran celebrations, with the Old City’s moat playing centre stage to water-throwing festivities. Parades, beauty contests, and cultural shows add to the atmosphere. Anantara Chiang Mai Resort offers a gateway to experience these traditions, with activities and customs that include making merit at temples and participating in the traditional practice of pouring water over elders’ hands as a mark of respect and blessing.

Pattaya: The Festival Extends

Pattaya's walking street at night. Looking for a prolonged celebration? In Pattaya, Songkran festivities extend beyond the traditional dates, offering long-lasting festivities. The famous Beach Road is closed to traffic and opens to revellers armed with water guns. Avani Pattaya Resort, with special deals for Songkran, provides guests with easy access to the celebrations and a tranquil oasis to unwind.