Thai new year – Songkran in Chiang Mai

RJtravels 01 February 2010 8 comments

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!

Enough I say

Enough I say

Having fun...

Having fun..

Right on

Right on

You want a problem?

You want a problem?

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Give me water...

Give me water...

People on pick up truck under target

People on pick up truck under target

Taking aim

Taking aim

Under attack

Under attack



Publisher Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

8 Comments For This Post

  1. ggberry ggberry Says:


    *laughing hard* at the picture “Taking aim”. A farang guy was easily being abused by Thai girls!

  2. Monsicha Hoonsuwan Monsicha Hoonsuwan Says:

    Warning, some of the pictures are not appropriate for children under 13 year of age.

    It’s so crazy. I’ve forgotten how crazy it gets during Songkran. Wish I could be there T_T

  3. MarkLean MarkLean Says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

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