Songkran is probably the best-known festival in Thailand. The event corresponds to the Buddhist New Year celebration which takes place every year in April, during the hottest month of the year. Songkran is informally known as Thailand’s ‘Water Festival’ owing to the tradition of splashing water on another as a purification rite. What was once a gentle sprinkling of scented water by the young on elders in exchange for a blessing, however, has since become a much more raucous affair involving anyone and everyone getting doused from buckets and drenched from hoses and water guns.
Among the most popular spots for Songkran revelry in Bangkok are Silom Road and Khao San Road.