In Thailand's largest city, Bangkok, the annual Thai New Year's celebration, the Songkran Festival, has taken on particular meaning in recent years for LGBT residents and visitors. This mid-April weekend is also the Songkran Bangkok Gay Circuit Party; billed as the largest-such gay celebration in Asia, it celebrates its 13th anniversary in 2018 from April 13 through 15.
Songkran Bangkok features three main nighttime events and two daytime pool parties in 2018, so if you happen to be in Bangkok for this special holiday and want to experience the biggest LGBT event of the season, make sure to book tickets online in advance so you can enjoy all three days of fun.
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Schedule of Events at Songkran 2018
Songkran Bangkok 2018 is a GCircuit-produced event consisting of three days of parties starting off with an opening party called "Zodiac" on Friday night at GMM Live House and Zen Event Hall featuring DJs Binomio and SR EDU (back to back), Yinon Yahel, Louis T, and Taki.
On Saturday, DJs Spectrum K and Javy headline the daytime "bear pool party" called "Big Oasis" from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Royal Orchid Sheraton, then guests are invited to come over to the main event, "Empire of the Sun," at the GMM Live House and Zen Event Hall from 7 p.m. until late, which features DJs Nacho Chapado and Ivan Gomez (back to back), Twisted Dee, Head, and Chu.
Sunday closes out the event with a daytime "boy pool party" called "Oasis," which runs from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Royal Orchard Sheraton and features DJs Preeda Tony and Jay Santos, followed by the official closing party "Latex" at the GMM from 7 p.m. until late, which features DJs Mauro Mozart and Renato Cecin (back to back), Enrry Senna, Spectrum K, and Sun J.
Other Bangkok Gay Resources and Attractions
While the official sponsor hotel, the Royal Orchid Sheraton, is offering a special discount rate to all attendees of Songkran 2018 with prices starting at 3,999 Baht, there are a number of other great LGBT-friendly hotels you can choose from on your trip to Thailand—though they might be a bit further from the dance party venues.
If this is your first time visiting Bangkok and you want to experience more of the gay culture than just this one circuit party, make sure to check out Utopia Asia's Bangkok Gay Guide, the Nighttours Gay Bangkok Guide, and Bangkok.com's Gay Nightlife Guide for information on other events, attractions, and local bars and restaurants that cater to the LGBT community.
You can also obtain tourism information on Bangkok from the excellent travel site produced by the Bangkok Tourism Division as well as the site of Thailand Tourism.