Celebrating Songkran in Pattaya

The fourth and final episode of my Thailand Series brings me back to the city: We celebrate Songkran in Pattaya and join Thailand’s probably craziest water party at Beach Road, Soi 6, Soi 7, Soi Buakhao.

About Songkran in Thailand

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival celebrated from April 13 to 15 each year. It is also called the Water Splashing Festival, where people splash water on each other to symbolize cleansing the old and welcoming the new. In Thai, Songkran is written as สงกรานต์.

The Songkran Celebration in Pattaya

While Songkran is celebrated throughout Thailand, Pattaya, a popular coastal city in the east, extends the festivities until April 19, attracting hundreds of thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. Pattaya is famous for its lively nightlife, beaches, and cultural attractions, such as the Sanctuary of Truth and the Nong Nooch Garden.

Pattaya has a population of about 328,961 and a tourism GDP of about 356 billion Thai baht, making it one of the most visited destinations in Thailand and the third largest metropolitan area in the country, according to the latest statistics.

With my friend Eli, enjoying the Songkran Celebration
With my friend Eli, enjoying the Songkran Celebration

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