A yacht party, the annual pride week on Phuket, music festivals, and loads of F&B and staycation deals.
Credit: Laguna Phuket Pride
Step aside, Songkran. As part of Laguna Phuket’s Revive 555 festival, Cassia Phuket hosts a four-day pride fest, rallying the local and expat communities around LGBTQ+ rights with a bunch of themed parties, live music, discussions, and the annual pride march. The 221-room Cassia hotel, part of the Banyan Tree group, is offering five-day, four-night packages from B7,186 (includes breakfast for two and free airport transfer) as part of the fest, too.
Apr 12-15, Cassia Phuket Hotel, 64 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Rd., Phuket
Credit: Mustache Bangkok
Bangkok club crew-slash-takeover specialists Mustache roll into Pattaya this Songkran. Head to the Ocean Marina Yacht Club on Apr 14 for the boat party some of you might have been waiting for since last year. Two yachts will sail side by side through Pattaya, offering seven hours of open-water fun with an open bar and live DJs. Tickets, including the after party at Lucifer, range from B2,000-2,600.
Apr 14, 12-7pm. Ocean Marina Yacht Club, 274/1, Sukhumvit Rd.
Credit: Thailand Wonder Wave
Pattaya remains one of Thailand’s key centers for Songkran parties. Continuing their tradition of wan lai (a four-day Songkran, with the extra day of festivities only in Pattaya), the city is playing host to Thailand Wonder Wave 2021. Held at Ramayana Water Park from Apr 15-19, the party promises lots of water fights and music from favorites like Polycat and The Toys to rising stars like Zommarie and Tillybirds. Tickets are available for B999 (early bird, one day) and B2,500 (early bird, five days) on ticketmelon.com.
Apr 15-19, Ramayana Water Park, Ban Yen Rd., Jomtien, Chonburi
Credit: Mendy Indigo
If you’re looking to escape Bangkok for more of a chilled out Songkran with food and music, then Out of the Blue might be what you’re after. Head to Retro Mountain in Koh Phangan on Apr 13 to enjoy music from some of Thailand’s top DJs, like Mendy Indigo, Myle, Gaius, and Chucheewa, the former frontwoman of indie band Fwends who is now making waves in the electronic music scene. Food will be provided by local restaurants. Tickets are B150.
Apr 13, 3pm-2am. Retro Mountain Koh Phangan, Ban Tai, Koh Phangan
Image: Pride Cruise Bangkok
Pride Cruise and Bangkok Rainbow hop aboard the Bangkok Island boat for a Songkran splash-fest on the Chao Phraya. From 5-10pm on Apr 13, the boat will bring some color to the river’s murky waters, cranking up the energy with live music from DJs Vas and Dee Iris, plus all the action you’ve come to expect from the city’s boat party specialists. Tickets are B900-1,200.
Apr 13, meetup at 4-4:30pm; cruise runs from 5-10pm. Wat Yannawa, opposite Charoenkrung Soi 53
Credit: Avani Hua Hin
Super Songkran 2021
Avani Hua Hin is organizing a comprehensive, three-day Songkran experience full of food, music, and activities by the pool from Apr 12-14. On Apr 12, there’s a sunset seafood barbecue with tunes from DJ Jerome G. A Songkran celebration for the family with water activities, food, and drinks, followed by a grilled seafood banquet with live music, takes place on Apr 13. The three-day fest wraps up on Apr 14 with “Finale Feast,” a seafood barbecue buffet by the beach. Other Avani properties around Thailand are also offering Songkran deals. Click here for more.
Apr 12-14. Avani Hua Hin Resort. 1499 Petchkasem Rd., Cha-am. email@example.com
Credit: Anantara Riverside Bangkok
The Avani Riverside and Anantara Riverside are teaming up for a jam-packed eight-day program from Apr 9-16. The festivities include everything from seafood feasts packed with barbecued lobster, prawns, and seabass to seven-hour splashathons at the hotel pools (including craft cocktails, beer, and DJs) to blow-out brunches and river cruises on the Manohra Supreme. Wrapping everything up on Apr 16 is an all-you-can-eat moo kata with free-flow beer and live music for B699 (two hours with free-flow soft drinks) or B999 (free-flow local beer) at Trader Vic’s at Anantara Riverside. Prices vary for all of the above.
Apr 9-16. Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel, 257 Charoen Nakhon Rd., Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, 257/1-3 Charoen Nakhon Rd., 02-476-0022 ext. 1416
Credit: So Bangkok
Songkran Staycation at Sofitel So
Sathorn’s Sofitel So is offering staycation deals if you’re looking to spend time away from home in Bangkok. From now through Apr 30, you can book a three-night stay in a So Cozy Room with breakfast for two, an all-you-can-eat lunch or dinner for two at Soshi, a dinner buffet for two at Red Oven, an hour-long massage at the So/Spa, and two drinks per person at Hi-So Rooftop Bar for B9,999.
Sofitel So Bangkok, 2 Sathorn Rd. 02-624-0000