The annual water festival that is known as Songkran is just about upon us. Songkran represents the washing away of the past years’ negativity with water. People squirt, throw, and spray water on and at each other to indulge in some fun and hopefully wash away any bad vibes they incurred during the last calendar year.
The Songkran Festival is a national holiday in Thailand. It marks the beginning of the Thai New Year. The word Songkran is derived from the Sanskrit word samkranti, which means astrological passage. It is a traditional Buddhist festival, and it is celebrated annually between 13 and 16 April.
If you are staying at Lohas Residences the best hotel near the Nana BTS Skytrain, then you’ll definitely get to experience Songkran on Sukhumvit Road. Expect to get wet when you are walking to breakfast or lunch. You can also get involved in the action by purchasing a water gun or water balloons to fill and fire.
During the night hours there are several foam parties and water festivals in the general Nana BTS area. The craziest place to experience Songkran when staying in hotels near Nana BTS is the Silom area. You can get there from the Nana BTS station which is just down Sukhumvit Road from Lohas. Patpong is the place in Silom of a 5 KM stretch of absolute water craziness. You may even get hit by a fire hose from one of the city’s firetrucks. The temps are typically around 40 degrees Celsius so you’ll most likely welcome the barrage of water being launched at you.
You may also want to check out Khao San Road. Khao San is known as the spot for backpackers in Bangkok. The party gets pretty wild here too and the whole road is shut down for a giant party with booze, food, DJ’s, and of course all the water you can handle.
Some things to keep in mind when heading out during Songkran. You will get wet, so protect your valuables. If you find yourself in a disco, the dance floors practically turn into a sheet of ice, so use caution when shaking your stuff to the beat of the music. Other than that just enjoy the experience of Songkran while you’re staying at the best hotel near Nana BTS.