Songkran Festival Silom

Songkran Festival Silom, Bangkok: Address, Songkran Festival Silom Reviews: 4.5/5

Songkran Festival Silom
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Songkran is Thailand's most important public holiday and celebrates their traditional new year. Silom sees possibly the biggest Bangkok crowd line the streets with water pistols and powder, ready to wash away the sins of the past year and party in true Thai style. There is no escape from getting drenched in the water fight if you are anywhere along the 5km stretch of party zone that is Silom, but the BTS skywalk is a good place to go to get a good view of the festivities and hide in relative safety. When you are ready to get back into the thick of it, walk down to the busy streets, grab a beer from one of the stalls on the side of the road and carry on partying. Be careful not to carry any valuables that can't take a soaking.
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Neighborhood: Silom
Despite the lack of any major tourist attractions, this lively neighborhood is a favorite of many. Whether it's the (somewhat naughty) nightlife of Soi Patpong, the various handicraft night markets or the plethora of dining options that tickle your fancy, a night out in Silom is a must on every itinerary. It's worth a stop during daytime, too: join office workers on a quest to tasty street food during lunch and shop at Silom Complex for a great mix of Thai and international stores. After a day of strolling around the congested sidewalks, a visit to Silom's Lumphini Park, Bangkok's answer to NYC's Central Park, is a welcome change of scenery.
How to get there
  • Sala Daeng • 1 min walk
  • Si Lom • 3 min walk
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Daniel T
116 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
This was by far the most amazing experience, you need to go and get involved, do not think you can watch and not get involved! You need to go and let your big kid out, there is no malice in the water wars and the ice cold blasts are a great rest bite from the sweltering heat!

We booked during songkran by accident and it was such a great stroke of luck!
Written April 24, 2017
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Caiti F
Bangkok, Thailand25 contributions
Apr 2019
If you are looking to experience water everywhere, loud music and loads of festivities for free then head over to Silom and walk down the street. You can veer off into side streets to find quieter spaces and loads of restaurants and bars celebrating. Won't go again, but worth seeing it.
Written July 5, 2019
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Marcelino G
Jakarta, Indonesia66 contributions
Apr 2017
We visited Bangkok during Songkran and we were lucky enough to be able to experience this water festival. Bring your own gun - there are many people selling water guns along the street or market just for 150 THB (small size) and about 450 THB for the bigger size. Only bring important things and wear simple - as you will get soaked.

Head for the busy Silom road to join the biggest party crowds! You could take BTS to Sala Daeng station. We took tuk-tuk instead and got pretty wet even before we arrived at Silom, as many crowds shoot us with water during our ride and of course we shoot them back from the tuk-tuk! It was a really fun and awesome experience! (Don't forget to fill up your gun first before getting on the tuk-tuk, as you will use it during the short ride!)

Along the Silom road - as you move with the party crowds busy with shooting and getting shot by water guns - you could find many stalls selling water to refill your guns (5 THB for the small gun and 10 for the large one, prepare coins for convenience). And the water is clean and cold, perfect for the heat! Have fun and get soaked!
Written June 22, 2017
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pudefam
Melbourne, Australia58 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
This nonsense goes on for 3 days, for the Thai people I get it, the stupid european tourists with the insane glint in their eyes, I don’t understand it. Will never visit at this time again.
Written April 13, 2019
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Violeta A
Los Angeles, CA581 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Seriously !! This festival is the best . Watch out for the 6 year olds with the water guns ... Oh wait that was me !! Yep if you're not afraid to get really really really wet then this is for you !! Definately know that a lot of business is closed for days . This is an important holiday here . Also taxis try to go "off meter" . Don't let them . Be sure to show respect and bath a Buddha . It's moving . You will have plenty of time as this water festival goes on for days and there is plenty of carrying on in the streets
Written April 14, 2016
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ourindi
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
This is an indescribable time in Silom Bangkok. You will feel young again and just play with the water. Enjoy!
Written January 12, 2016
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Sandra B
Sydney, Australia336 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We were prepared! The guest at the Marriott had told us to buy water pistols which cost us a few dollars, protective glasses and a plastic cap. We were ready for the fun.
There were four of us in our 50s and we love some fun & in particular joining in a celebration that the whole country celebrates!
The definition of this festival is to celebrate new year and purify and cleanse the soul. We loved it and had the best of time!
There were young kids with water pistols, there were old and the youth, all very well behaved! Having a great time!
There are blow up pools that you can fill up your pistol in and the people are very happy to wet you with respect. We had an absolute ball! Ive never laughed so hard but again, you have to be a kid at heart to allow yourself to enjoy this event. Just magnificent!
I can see that if I had been travelling on my own this may not have been as much fun. We were travelling with friends and the four of us enjoyed it immensely.
Yes, you will not come out of this dry!
I put together a video on youtube to show the full experience.
Maybe not for all, but most would love this!
Written April 24, 2019
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Victoria Remba
10 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Having a much fun with water splash.. Just bring along your water gun..you never know when and where you got splash by a water...some of local people targetting tourist...so just bring your water gun everywhere😄..i will come back for songkran 2019..thank you thailand for much fun in songkran 2018..
Written April 19, 2018
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Aloolaf
Singapore, Singapore288 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Songkran is the Thai New Year and it happens in April of every year. April 13 is the actual day but the festivities and festivals go on for a few days before and after. We experienced Songkran in Bangkok on Silom (MRT station Silom stop or BTS station Sala Dang stop will get you there). Single handedly one of the most fun days we’ve ever had living here! What you need to know is that the entire city turns into one big water fight on the street. Buckets, bowls, water guns big and small, hoses, you name it, you will get wet. It’s all in good fun. In fact, the locals throw the water as a good luck or a blessing for the new year. So when you get soaked you are actually being soaked in awesome wishes for a great year ahead. Everyone smiling and laughing. Incredible!

The crowds were full of people of all ages, including smaller children.

Make sure you have your phone/device in a waterproof bag (for sale everywhere during the event) it will be high risk to get soaked. We left ours at home for the day.

Not gonna lie here - at first I thought I was too old to be getting water thrown at me on the streets. Thought I wouldn’t like it very much. Boy was I wrong! First of all, it’s not just a few people throwing water, it is EVERYONE and the vibe is incredible. Such good clean fun and a really wholesome activity that the society in Thailand participated in. Second of all, I thought I wouldn’t be that into throwing water at other people. Next thing I knew my husband and I had bought huge water guns (available to buy everywhere before and during the new year) and were totally soaked and blasting back. Wow, how to transform into a kid again! I shocked myself with how into it I got and how much I enjoyed the entire experience.

If you are lucky enough to be in Thailand on or around April 13, I highly recommend you lean into this culturally rich and fun experience. About getting wet - seriously at 35 plus degrees outside, it’s far from cold even when drenched and actually refreshing.
Written April 15, 2018
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binmahmood
Bahrain183 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
So fun to participate in water festival, there was a big celebration near our hotel (Centara grand at centeral world) near Central World shopping mall. It was full of fun, joy and laughter. Every 13-14-15 April. Don't miss it
Written May 27, 2017
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