Hua Hin is a great place to celebrate Songkran in Thailand. It’s the closest beach to Bangkok and you can easily get there by car. Hua Hin is a beloved coastal escape for Thais, so this Songkran get ready to have a culture infused celebration and get an insight into how locals celebrate the most special time of year in Thailand. And of course get experience a friendly water fight or two.
Songkran — Thai New Year also known as the Thai Water Festival — is perfect timing for a festival that takes place in the hottest part of the year.
When is Songkran in 2019?
Songkran will be celebrated from April 13 – April 15. But in 2019, the official Songkran holiday time is from April 12 – April 16.
What happens during Songkran in Hua Hin?
Celebrate Songkran by the sea in 2019. See local culture. Experience royal history. And have fun at a festival that ensures you will have good luck for the coming year.
The first day of Songkran is usually when families come together for religious ceremonies. The second day of the Thai New Year is set aside for a visit to a temple to cleanse Buddha statues and pray.
Then get into party, holiday and fun mode – foam party, water fights, resort activities, kids club activities, buffet dinners, flower print shirts and beer.
In Hua Hin you might see a lot of locals with a white powdery paste on their face, this is sign of protection and used to ward off bad luck.
Songkran Festival Highlights in Hua Hin 2019
There are lots of things to see and do in Hua Hin, festival or no festival, but during Songkran the atmosphere will be more celebratory and you’ll get an even deeper insight into Thai culture and the way of celebrating Thai New Year.
In Hua Hin, the town’s Thai New Year theme is about paying gratitude to elders and celebrating Thai culture.
In additional to events at local temples, there will be flower parades, a Songkran procession and playful water fights on some of the main streets. All done while wearing the famed and vividly colourful flower-print shirts.
To protect your valuables, you’ll be able to pick up waterproof phone cases and all the necessary water fight equipment from street stalls that will pop up everywhere leading up to and during Songkran.
The role of water during Songkran
Water is more than just water fights during Songkran. It has a deeper spiritual meaning and use in the religious ceremonies.
Water in Songkran is the medium used for blessings. Traditionally a bowl of water and scented powder would be placed out the front of houses and when people pass by they would be sprinkled with the water as a type of blessing and well-wishing.
With water you can cleanse away any bad luck and bring luck and prosperity in the new year — it represents a type of a spiritual revival.
The water fights during Songkran
If you are out an about on the streets during Songkran be prepared to get wet. The only people who are spared during the friendly water fights are monks, babies and the elderly.
Things to do at night during Songkran
After a day of water fights and foam parties, check out what some of the local resorts and hotels are doing for Songkran. There are some great buffet dinners, with entertainment and free flow options right on the beach.
The Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort has some great evening activities and highlights planned from the 12th to the 14th of April. On the 12 April, it’s all about colour, fun, music and good food. Drink, dine and be entertained on the beach in front of the resort as you eat an Asian, Thai and seafood inspired buffet.
For families, you can check out the Chilling and Grilling Night on 13 April at the InterContinental Hua Hin. There is a kid’s corner that will be set up with beanbags as parents enjoy mocktails as the sunsets. This event will be more relaxed than the previous night’s events on 12 April.