Songkran New Year Festival

Trip Start May 18, 2003
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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Thailand celebrates the new year between the two wetter, cooler monsoon seasons. This is the hottest part of the year, and therefore the Songkran new year water festival is a most welcome relief from the sweltering heat of the day. The school kids are on holiday during this period, and they probably get the biggest kick out of throwing water around and generally being able to get away with all manner of water based mischievousness. I must admit tourists also seem to be having just as much fun, but only the ones that want to get wet!

Thai people and travellers flock to Chiang Mai for Songkran because it has the reputation for being the most fun place to be in the whole of Thailand during the festival. Perhaps the city moat has nurtured the festivals growth here, after all you need access to a lot of water during Songkran. The official festival lasts for a few days, during which the whole of the old city (contained within the moat) is awash with thrown water. It is just about possible to choose routes through the city streets to avoid getting totally wet, but much more fun to go with the flow and join in the festival.

Carrying around my camera was not really an option, but thanks to Mike (who was staying at Julie's Guest House with me) I have some photos taken with his waterproof camera that capture the Songkran antics. Visit
Mike's photo gallery if you want to see more photos.
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