SONGKRAN - Chiang Mai, Thailand

To take part in SONGKRAN is to take part in the craziest water-fight you could possibly imagine! For 3 days, entire cities become playful battlegrounds for locals and tourists alike. Chiang Mai, Thailand is probably the epicenter of it all. Social norms go out the window, and everyone is allowed to douse their neighbors with as much water as they can muster. Some with squirt guns, hoses, some with buckets, some with ice water even! Of course, there is more to the story. SONGKRAN is a celebration of the New Year in Thailand and the coming of the rainy season in this part of the world. The water festival represents the cleansing of the old and the coming of the new. Our experience at Songkran was somewhat by chance, but it was one of the most memorable, and downright fun experiences in our travels through Southeast Asia. To be a kid again.