Coming to Phuket during April? Then you are in for a big surprise if you are here from April 13 to 15. This is the time of the Thai celebration of Traditional New Year, Songkran – an event that marks the beginning of the solar calendar (it translates as ‘the passing of’). 

Looking for a place to celebrate Songkran in Phuket? We have it all in this article. 

Before the celebration begins, we will first learn about…

What is Songkran?

As said, Songkran is the Thai New Year. As in many other cultures, it marks the passage of time and symbolizes change and transformation. There are many traditions surrounding Songkran, too many to name here. But in general, across Thailand, Thai people celebrate this holiday by paying their respects to their elders by visiting them and by visiting the monks at the temple by bringing food and praying ('giving merit') and by symbolically washing statues of Buddha and each other with water.

At the temples, this includes monks gentle sprinkling some water (sometimes with white or brightly colored chalk) from a bowl to bless those that give merit.

Out in the streets, it is a whole different matter. Streets are closed off so that everyone can indulge in the huge water fights that Songkran is known for. But still, there are traditional elements even in this; it's good custom to thank someone after a good exchange of 'watery blessings' by giving them a smile, a small bowl with the traditional folding of the hands, the Thai “Wai”.

Check out the dedicated article about Songkran – Thailand’s Traditional New Year

When is Songkran 2021 in Phuket?

In the whole of Thailand, Songkran is celebrated from the 13th to 15th of April. In Phuket, Thai kids and tourists start the first water fights already on the 12th and the whole week there are cultural celebrations going on. On the 13th, celebrations kick off in the morning and then keep going into the 14th and 15th of April. On the 15th, the party goes on deep into the night.

The main events during Songkran 2021 in Phuket will be from 13th until 15th April.

Where to join the best water fight?

Here’s a list of the most popular places on the island to enjoy the most amazing festival of the year!

Patong Beach & Bangla Road

April 11 – 13, 2021

Join crowd of people on Patong Beach in marking the most important celebration of the Thai New Year and water festival, Songkran Festival on the Beach, between 11-13 April. The activities include sandcastle making on the beach, beauty contest, Thai classical dances, live bands and EMD shows.

Naughty Nuri’s Phuket

April 13, 2021 from 4:00 pm – 12:30 am

Naughty Nuri’s Phuket invites you to celebrate Songkran party where you can enjoy foam party, water fight, live Reggae band, live DJ and a selection of delicious dishes.


April 13, 2021 from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

This Patong shopping mall hosts Songkran festival with all day activities including fun water fight, live DJ sets & DJ mixes, and “Muay Talay” or sea boxing.

Central Phuket

April 14 – April 15

Central Phuket hosts 2-day Songkran event with International EDM concert from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Get free water gun and flower necklace, when presenting shopping receipt for THB 5,000 or THB 2,000 between 8-15 April 2021.

Dream Beach Club

April 12 – 14, 2021

Enjoy Thai Festive Brunch followed by Guest Dj Fen, Malika Kazaokva multi-talent performers, resident DJs (Grant Collins/ Dj Armina/ Dj Chris BL), live musicians, Dream Dancers & Dream B-Boys, rocking the Songkran party till late night. Water guns and pool toys are provided.

The Pavilions Phuket

April 13, 2021 from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Pavilions Phuket hosts a traditional Thai New Year celebration with fun Thai water games in the pool at Firefly. Followed by an exclusive Thai inspired poolside BBQ buffet, with a selection of authentic Thai dishes from around Thailand.

Angsana Laguna Phuket

April 13, 2021 from 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This seaside hotel on Bangtao Beach invites you to celebrate Songkran festival at Poolside garden, featuring vibrant food and beverage stalls comprised of local vendors and hotel catered stalls, six local and international brews. Enjoy a unique blend of Thai street food, BBQ and classic dishes from the resort’s restaurants and souvenirs. Children can also enjoy kid’s entertainment zone with bouncing castle, games, face painting and movies.


April 12, 2021 from 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This annual Songkran Pool Party offers a range of aquatic games and fun activities all day long, followed by a delightful BBQ dinner at Silk Restaurant & Bar.

Cafe del Mar Phuket

April 13, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join Songkran pool party on the beach with music by Joe Gradante, Nicola Vega, DJ Kay and DJ Man. Rubber Ducks are invited to the event with lots of surprises.

Nook Dee Boutique Resort by Andacura

April 13, 2021 from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Enjoy Buddha water bathing ceremony, watering the elderly, water splashing around the swimming pool, Thai Temple Fair Fun Games, Thai classical entertainment, Miss Songkran beauty contest, Thai seafood and meats BBQ buffet.

Surviving Tips for the Water Fight

  • Don’t drive a bike if you can avoid it, it’s slippery, and the tendency to close eyes when water is thrown at you might lead to a crash with the car in front of you. And a lot of drunk people will be out there partying, including you :D.
  • Get a waterproof camera; the chance to ruin yours is pretty high!
  • Beware of major traffic jams in towns, mostly in Patong Beach. It might take you several hours to cross it. If you are unfortunate enough to have to go to Phuket airport, go as early as possible, preferably in the morning.
  • Don’t carry anything that is not water-resistant.
  • Don’t wear expensive clothing; I’m not sure how easy it would be to wash the colour powder thrown at you by some teens.
  • Beware of the Sun! If you happen to be on the back of a pickup truck, get a cap and water-resistant sunscreen, or you will pay a painful price the days after!
  • Have fun! Don’t take it too seriously, it’s good fun (if you choose to go out there).

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The Rocket Festival (Boun Bang Fai) is a merit-making ceremony traditionally practiced by ethnic Lao people near the beginning of the wet season in numerous villages and municipalities, in the regions of Northeastern Thailand and Laos. Celebrations typically include preliminary music and dance performances, competitive processions of floats, dancers and musicians on the second day, and culminating on the third day in competitive firings of home-made rockets. Local participants and sponsors use the occasion to enhance their social prestige, as is customary in traditional Buddhist folk festivals throughout Southeast Asia.

The festival in Thailand also includes special programs and specific local patterns like Bung Fai (Parade dance) and a Beautiful Bung Fai float such as Yasothon the third weekend of May, and continues Suwannaphum District, Roi Et on the first weekend of June, Phanom Phrai District Roi Et during the full moon of the seventh month in Lunar year's calendar each year. The Bung Fai festival is not only found in Isan or Northeasthern Thailand and North Thailand and Laos, but also in Amphoe Sukhirin, Narathiwat.


Also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival or the Kin Jay Festival, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event celebrated primarily by the Chinese community in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia.

Running for nine days, the vegetarian festival in Phuket is considered by many to be the most extreme and bizarre of festivals in Thailand. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival could be Thailand's answer to the Tamil festival of Thaipusam celebrated in neighboring Malaysia. Devotees not only adopt a special diet for the holiday, a select few participants prove their devotion by practicing self-mutilation.

Some of the feats performed include piercing cheeks with swords, walking on nails or hot coals, and climbing ladders made of knife blades! Most participants miraculously heal up without needing stitches or medical care.

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Buddhist Lent Day (Thailand Wan Khao Phansa, Laos Boun Khao Phansa) is the start of the three-month period during the rainy season when monks are required to remain in a particular place such as a monastery or temple grounds. Here, they will meditate, pray, study, and teach other young monks. In the past, monks were not even allowed to leave the temple, but today, most monks just refrain from traveling during this period. You will still see them out during the day.

It is said that monks started remaining immobile in a temple during this time because they wanted to avoid killing insects and harming farmland. Apparently, traveling monks were crossing through fields, thus destroying the crops of villagers and farmers. After catching wind of this, Buddha decided that in order to avoid damaging crops, hurting insects, or harming themselves during the rainy season, monks should remain in their temples during these three months.

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The Hmong New Year celebration is a cultural tradition that takes place annually in select areas where large Hmong communities exist and in a modified form where smaller communities come together. During the New Year's celebration, Hmong dress in traditional clothing and enjoy Hmong traditional foods, dance, music, bull fights, and other forms of entertainment. Hmong New Year celebrations have Hmong ethnic traditions and culture and may also serve to educate those who have an interest in Hmong tradition. Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November and December (traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done), serving as a Thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people.


Magha Puja (also written as Makha Bucha Day) is the third most important Buddhist festival, celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka and on the full moon day of Tabaung in Myanmar. It celebrates a gathering that was held between the Buddha and 1,250 of his first disciples, which, according to tradition, preceded the custom of periodic recitation of discipline by monks.

On the day, Buddhists celebrate the creation of an ideal and exemplary community, which is why it is sometimes called Saṅgha Day, the Saṅgha referring to the Buddhist community, and for some Buddhist schools this is specifically the monastic community. In Thailand, the Pāli term Māgha-pūraṇamī is also used for the celebration, meaning 'to honor on the full moon of the third lunar month'.

Finally, some authors referred to the day as the Buddhist All Saints Day. 

In pre-modern times, Magha Puja has been celebrated by some Southeast Asian communities. But it became widely popular in the modern period, when it was instituted in Thailand by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. From Thailand, it spread to other South and Southeast Asian countries. Presently, it is a public holiday in some of these countries.

It is an occasion when Buddhists go to the temple to perform merit-making activities, such as alms giving, meditation and listening to teachings. It has been proposed in Thailand as a more spiritual alternative to the celebration of Valentine's Day.


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