The Thai New Year 2016, also known as Songkran festival, is just around the corner and preparations are well under way.
Songkran is celebrated throughout Thailand between the 13th and 15th of April, but in Pattaya celebrations continue for even more days! The celebrations are extended until the 19th of April and this extension is traditionally called “Wan Lai” festival which literally means “the day that flows”.
What is Songkran in Pattaya about?
Pattaya during the week of Songkran goes mental! Nothing comes close to this spectacular week, and for this reason more than half a million people from all over Thailand and abroad flood into Pattaya.
Songkran usually starts as early as the 11th of April and peaks on the 19th of April with many people booking their holidays exactly for the purpose of joining the water combat zone and having an experience of a lifetime.
What to do?
11th of April
There are several hot-spots during the first week in order for people to enjoy Songkran such as:
- Soi 6
- Soi 7
- Soi 8
- Soi Buakhao
18th of April
The Naklua area of Pattaya and especially the old Naklua Fresh Market.
19th of April
The big party! The beach road and all adjacent roads are closed to traffic, creating a 3 mile long water fun road with thousands of people attending, all soaking each other and taking part in the fun.
Hotels for Songkran
Top ten most booked hotels and resorts for Songkran in Pattaya are listed below:
- Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa
- Sheraton Pattaya Resort
- Royal Cliff Beach Terrace
- Pattaya Discovery Beach Hotel
- Royal Wing Suites & Spa
- Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
- Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resor
- Hotel Baraquda Pattaya – MGallery Collection
- Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel And Resort
- Pinnacle Grand Jomtien Resort
If you are planning your trip to spend Songkran 2016 in Thailand, early booking is highly recommended.