"Prepare to get wet!" Song Kran Festival Tip by nattybabe

Song Kran Festival, Chiang Mai: 8 reviews and 5 photos


The Song Kran Festival - Thai New Year - is celebrated throughout Thailand through prayer but also through the throwing of water at anyone who isn't old or a monk! The offical days each year are dictated by the moon but it tends to fall on 13, 14, and 15 of April each year.

What I didn't know was that the locals tend to start early! We started our trek on the 11th of April and we found that the locals liked to stand by the side of the road with buckets ready to throw at cars as we made our way through the area. Nice except that most vehicles have open back and sides, including ours!

One of the traditions is to spread clay over your body (and other people's) and then throw water. Fun!

Chiang Mai has one of the biggest celebrations of Song Kran in Thailand. The entire area around the moat is blocked by traffic and people throwing water. They get the water out of the river and throw it at you. There are people selling buckets, water pistols, clay and huge chuncks of ice by the river ready to sell to passing cars for reloads. it is complete dreadlock and people dress up and there is a carnival atmosphere to the whole thing.

What to do in Song Kran? Either stay inside for 5 days or go out and join in the fun! We hired a ute, climbed in the back with a huge bin of water and started throwing water!

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  • Written Jun 25, 2008
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