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Songkran 2017 - Songkran Bangkok Gay Circuit Party 2017
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 GLBT residents and visitors. This mid-April weekend is also the Songkran Bangkok Gay Circuit Party, billed the largest-such gay celebration in Asia - it celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2016. The dates of this long weekend of parties this year is April 14 through April 16, 2017.
More details about Songkran will be posted here as information is finalized. Here's a look at last year's event:
Produced by GCircuit, Songkran consists of four days of parties, starting on Thursday, with a Glam Gala and After Party at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. On Friday night, revelers officially kick off the weekend at the Olympus Opening Party at Centralworld. Then there's the main event, on Saturday, Dynasty (hosted this year by DJ Twisted Dee and DJ Abel), again at Centralworld, and Sunday's closing party, Prism, which is once again held at Centralworld.
There are also three big pool parties: the Bear Soap, Bear Pool Party on Saturday from 1 pm until 7 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Pool, the Boy Soap, Boy Pool Party 1 at the Sofitel So Bangkok on Saturday from 1 pm until 7 pm, and the Boy Soap, Boy Pool Party 2 back at the Doubletree by Hilton Pool on Sunday from 1 pm until 7 pm. Tickets to all events are available here online.
The evening parties all take place at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. Here's a map showing where the key venues are located.
The featured host hotels for Songkran are the Sofitel So Bangkok, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, and the Doubletree by Hilton Sukhumvit-Bangkok. You'll also find information about other gay-friendly hotels in Bangkok on this lodging page, along with advice on apartment rentals.
Bangkok Gay Resources
Check helpful gay websites, such as Utopia Asia's Bangkok Gay Guide, the Nighttours Gay Bangkok Guide, and Bangkok.com's Gay Nightlife Guide for information. 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.