Activities and events for Chiang Mai Songkran New Year 2023

By | Fri 7 Apr 2023

City Held Celebrations

● April 12th-16th, 9am-8pm

Phaya Mengrai and Buddha image bathing ritual at Three Kings Monument:

A parade will be held, carrying relics in worship of Phaya Mengrai, or King Mengrai the Great. There will be mong sheng and sabad chai drumming demonstrations and competition, a banana leaf offerings making contest, makbeng demonstration with folk plays, a sand pagoda making competition as well as a kad mua Northern-style food and crafts market.

● April 12th, 7am-9pm

Sand pagoda competition at Tha Pae Gate:

This tradition of making sand pagodas during the Songkran New Year dates back centuries. The sand is built to give to temples as an offering for all of the grains of sands trekked out of temples under our feet over the past year. These impermanent saint pagodas are elaborately decorated.

● April 13th

Buddha Sihingh and Buddha images invitation ritual

at San Pa Koi Intersection parade to Wat Phra Singh:

The procession will leave Viharn Lai Kham at Wat Phra Singh and travel to the Three Kings Monument for preparations. In the afternoon there will be a procession to carry the images to various temples in Chiang Mai so that the people can bless it with sacred water. This is the Buddha Sihing’s annual journey outside the temple.

● April 13th, 9.30am-noon

Bicycle Parade at Tha Pae Gate:

This long-standing tradition sees genuine Northern Thai ladies ride bicycles while carrying umbrellas to Tha Pae Gate to showcase a more nostalgic time in Chiang Mai.

อาจเป็นรูปภาพของ 10 คน, ผู้คนกำลังยืน, จักรยาน, กลางแจ้ง และ ข้อความพูดว่า "คึก 50"

Songkran merit making.

● April 13th, 6am-8am

Alms Offering at Tha Pae Gate:

Make merit and join in an enduring Thai custom of waking up at dawn and offering food to monks and novices as they make their rounds across the city.

● April 13th-15th, 8am-10pm

727th Anniversary of the City at Three Kings Monument:

A plethora of Lanna arts, crafts, shows, activities and music, including the Lanna Music Orchestra, will be performing in celebration of the 727th anniversary of Chiang Mai city.

For more information read our article on 14 cultural events this Songkran here. Or visit

อาจเป็นรูปภาพของ 3 คน, เด็ก, ผู้คนกำลังยืน และ กลางแจ้ง

Buri Siri Hotel: April 12th, 1pm-9pm

Celebrate Songkran at the pool party held at Buri Siri Hotel, there will be a bunch of amazing DJs and a lot of partying and dancing so make sure to bring your best moves!

It will be 200THB/person, a quick ATK is required just to keep everybody safe while having a good time. To make reservations, call 053-217-832, or email


Old ChiangMai Cultural Center: April 13th, 12pm-6pm

HUG PEE MAI – A Lanna New Year’s Celebration at Old ChiangMai Cultural Center on the first day of Songkran. It will be a family-friendly celebration of Lanna New Year, where Northern Thai traditional ceremonies will be held, including dance performances, crafts-making, local food and of course, water playing for the kids.

It will be 800THB/adult and 500THB/child, space is limited so book your tickets now at, or call 062-737-4049.



Tien Pool Bar, Melia Hotel: April 13th, 2pm-9pm

A Songkran pool party will be at Deep Green, incredible music and drinks will be served as well as the amazing vibe. It will be 800THB/person with a beer or mixed shot along with a lucky draw ticket. For more information, call 052-090-600, or visit the Facebook page.



Four Seasons Resort: April 13th, 6pm-10pm

Indulge in the delectable gastronomic delights of Thailand featuring dishes from various regions of the country, including a station serving the classic dish ‘Khao Chae’. Imbued with the local flavor of Thailand, the Thai New Year festivities are complemented with live performances by Thai artists and traditional craftsmen showcasing their art. The price will be 3,400THB/person.



Shangri La Hotel: April 13th, 1pm-10pm

Celebrate Songkran at Shangri La Hotel with one of the most exciting pool parties in town. Drinks, DJ’s, delicacies, and the luxury tropical pool… Everything you can think of. It will be 650THB/person, for more information, visit



Bamboo Tiki Spaceship: April 13th, 3:30pm-9:30pm

Songkran Latin Dance Party presented by Bailamos Chiangmai & Puravida will be one of the events of the year if you’re into dancing, drinking, splashing, eating and so on and on and on. It will be a free event so just bring yourself and friends.


Central Airport: April 16th, 12pm-12am

A full day of water war and the best lineup featuring the most talented DJ’s for this Songkran. Tickets will be 1,500THB/person, for more information, visit