Thailand’s Songkran Festival takes place on the 13th – 16th of April each year to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year in the Buddhist calendar. The word ‘Songkran’ derives from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’. It is that time of the year where Thai people visit their family and make merit at their local temples to bring longevity and prosperity for the new year. Birds and fish are released as well as building sand pagodas as forms of merit making.
The highlight of the festival lies in the splashing of water where your horizon is open for water fights, making it one of the most internationally well-known and enjoyable celebrations in Thailand.
Water fights start early in the morning around the city centre and gradually turns into wilder fights later on in the day as more people join in, especially in Patong, Kata and Karon beachfronts.
Apart from water fights, there are many other activities you can join at Patong Beach. Try your hand at sandcastle making or sit back and enjoy Phuket’s Miss Songkran beauty contests and Thai classical dance shows.
If you’re looking to take a break from the water fighting, Patong Beach and Bangla road hosts many live bands and EDM festivals for you to join the party and enjoy good music. These festivals can go on till pretty late at night, so make sure you stay hydrated and dry after your water fights! If you’re looking to take part and be near to these festive events, Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong is strategically located in the heart of Patong Beach to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Book your stay to have a splashing time!