Songkran New Year Festival
Trip Start May 18, 2003
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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.