From music festivals to parties for revelers of every inclination, here’s how you can embrace the spirit of Songkran.
Get a dose of EDM at this three-day music festival headlined by Dutch progressive house DJ Nicky Romero. Other big names include Afrojack, Deorro, Makj and Quintino.
Apr 11-14. Show Oasis Arena, Rama 9 Rd. Tickets are available from THB1,800-3,900 ($69-150) at s20festival.com.
Songkran RCA Colorlife Music Festival 2016
Every day of this five-day party features a different theme including the Bubble Light party, a night hosted by DJ Psychoza, the Disco Dance party, where celebrities and net idols will be joining the fun, the Foam Backlight party, promising plenty of bubbles and lasers, the Full Moon Print party, with lots of glow in the dark body paint, and the Country Dance Concert party that promises danceable Thai-style beats.
Apr 12-16, 4:30pm-late. RCA Bangkok, Kampaengpet Rd.
Songkran Festival at Craft
A water-free three-day indoor and outdoor party filled with good food, strong drinks and live music performances. On top of a selection of 80 wines, 60 craft beers, 140 whiskies, 1,000 cigars and a long list of cocktails, enjoy live music from DJs Camilo, Mr. Markus, Mizuyo and live bands The Jukes, Fab Four and The Vintagers.
Apr 13-15, 2pm-late. Craft, 18 Sukhumvit Soi 23. Entry costs THB350 ($13.40).
Songkran Splash Away W Hotel
The chic hotel’s annual festive pool party, this year dubbed Songkran Splash Away 2016, is always one of the best in town. They collaborate with local party collective the Kolour Krew to bring a lively, cool crowd to the hotel’s Wet Deck, where you’ll find live electronic music and specially crafted cocktails presented by Ciroc Vodka.
April 13, 1pm-8pm. W Hotel Bangkok, 106 Sathorn Rd. +66 2 344-4000. Tickets are available from THB700-900 ($26.90-$34.60) at www.wbangkok.com.
G Circuit SK10
This annual gay party takes place over three days and stretches across multiple venues, including huge opening and closing parties at CentralWorld and pool parties at Sofitel So and Double Tree by Hilton. Be prepared for lots of topless locals and tourists dancing the night away.
Apr 15-17. Tickets cost THB5,400 ($207) from www.gcircuit.com.
Z-Splash Songkran Fest
A two-day party that transforms the parking space of this club into a massive water fight zone featuring live DJs and lots of drinks. A VIP package is available for THB7,000 ($269) including five one-day passes, two bottles of Chivas Regal Extra, 10 mixers and two tanks of water.
Apr 13-14, 4pm-late. DND Club, Ekamai Soi 5/1. Entry is available from THB400 ($15.40).
Wild & Wet
The city’s first ever open-air beach bar hosts a four-day celebration featuring 18 international and local DJs spinning plenty of danceable house and techno beats.
Apr 12-15, 2pm-late. Superflow Beach Club, Khao San Rd. Entry costs THB250 ($9.60) including one drink.
Songkran Music Fstvl 2016
A three day celebration packed with 12 hours of music each day. DJs include Dan Buri, Nemo Cools, Messie Joe, Ikono, Alex Fischer and many more.
Apr 13-16, 7pm-late. Mustache Bangkok, 554/5 Ratchadapisek Soi 7, +66 81-844-7080.
Amwet Aqua Songkran Pool Party
Join DJs Yui Truluv, Pepe, Nemo Cools and Dee Iris for a huge pool party filled with water guns, refreshing drinks and music guaranteed to get you dancing. There’ll also be a costume contest for the best dressed male and female, who’ll win a THB1,000 ($38.40) voucher for Hooters Bangkok and a bottle of Three Monkeys Rum. Free entry for ladies before 3pm.
Apr 13, 12-9pm. Ambar Bangkok, Four Points by Sheraton, 4 Sukhumvit Soi 15. Entry costs THB400 ($15.40) including one drink.
For a more cultural celebration this Songkran, temples including Wat Arun, Wat Prayoon, Wat Pho and Wat Kalayanamitr will each have their own activities, along with riverside shopping promenades Tha Maharaj, Yodpiman Riverwalk and Asiatique the Riverfront.