Songkran – Thai new year – is a true experience in Chiang Mai! The Songkran festival takes place mid April, so book your tickets to Chiang Mai now!
Songkran is a time for cleaning and renewal – not unlike the Western style new year. Traditionally, the water was originally meant as cleansing, to give good luck to elders and family by pouring it over the hands or shoulder. The Thais now take it to a completely different level, resulting in the biggest and longest (3-5 days) water fight you have ever seen.
Take a Rio Carnival, a New Orleans Mardi Gras and an Amsterdam gay parade, mix it up and multiply with a factor 10. Then add water…lots and lots of ice cold water! This gives you Songkran, Thai new year. Absolutely crazy but fun! Enjoy!