Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Photos of Songkran 2013 in Chiang Mai

If you have kept up with our Facebook updates you will know we have spent the past few days charging around Chiang Mai with a water gun, randomly or deliberately squirting people – young and old alike – in the face.

Well, one of us has anyway. Deirdre hid from it all. I, on the other hand, pushed social boundaries to the limit by throwing buckets of iced water over grannies and ambushing five year old children. What I love about Songkran is the sheer joy of the event. Where else can you shoot water in a stranger’s face and instead of a scowl be rewarded with a smile?

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

A monk gets involved.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Children loading up on ammo.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

There was some cultural stuff too.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

I made the mistake of turning my back on this kid.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Roving groups enjoy a clear stretch of road. Once they hit traffic jams they are sitting ducks.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Most of the action took place around the city’s moat.

In the moat for Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Cholera anyone?

Tuk Tuk Driver. Songkran, Chiang Mai. Thailand

150 baht? I don’t think so.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Former allies turn on each other.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

I climbed part way up the walls to take the high ground. Others had their own tactics.

Tuk Tuk. Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

All alone there, Tuk Tuk man? Get him!

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Kids, eh.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

This girl looked like she had had enough and just wanted to get home.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

This girl didn’t.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

A combination of live music, bars, foam and the moat meant farang were thickest around the Thapae Gate

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Promo girls on stage are targeted.

Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

These backpackers were in running battles for hours with each other and anyone else who happened to be passing.

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7 comments to Photos of Songkran 2013 in Chiang Mai

  • Hannah @ Getting Stamped  says:

    Looks sooo fun! We plan on being there next year!!

    • Shane  says:

      You are so going to love it.

  • Amy  says:

    This looks absolutely awesome – I’m so jealous Andrew & I didn’t make it this year (can’t complain to much though since we’re in Australia)! We’re definitely going to get ourselves to Songkran next year though. Do you think Chiang Mai is the best place to celebrate Songkran?

    • Shane  says:

      I’ll be the jealous one next year when you guys are causing mayhem and I am dry at home.

      Chiang Mai has a reputation as the place to be in Thailand for Songkran and it was more crowded and busy than I remember Songkran in Luang Prabang. We’re living to the NW of the old town so walking in everyday was a fun battle in itself, especially when passing through or around the moat. For pure waterfighting mayhem I’d pick CM.

      Luang Prabang had its charms though. Though far less crowded (this was ten years ago, mind, so things may have changed a little), all the action seemed to take place in a more compact area and there was less sense of missing out on things elsewhere. In CM, the cultural events were more spread out and, with the roads impassable, difficult to get to. LP had a local Fair on a sandbar in the Mekong that included the launching of bamboo rockets (http://www.the-working-traveller.com/three-photos-luang-prabang-laos/) and remains a highlight of that trip for me.

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