Water War – Songkran Festival / Thai New Year

April 13th…that’s the time of the year everybody in Thailand is waiting for. The Thai New Year / Water Festival (Songkran festival) is officially celebrated from April 13th to April 15th. However, since it’s the main holiday season, celebrations usually last 5 days – in some main tourist party areas, like Pattaya, even longer.

20100413_1430 Chiangmai Celebration. ol’pete via Compfight

If you check out the link to my >>Songkran<< tag you can see some of my experiences from last year when I spent Songkran in Chiang Mai and Sukhothai. Chiang Mai is said to be the ‘Songkran Capital’ and it was an amazing experience to see what’s going on there. However I decided to stay in Udon Thani this year since I will move to Bangkok soon and thought it might be nice to celebrate the Thai New Year with my former students and colleagues.

English: People on the back of a truck get soa...
English: People on the back of a truck get soaked during the Songkran festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As already mentioned in my post from last year, Songkran is the Thai New Year festival and people give presents to each other and splash water everywhere you go. It’s said to clean you from you sins. However it is usually f…ing cold and quite often ends in ‘war games’ (being from German I now will not use an abbreviation for Water War). Besides the water everywhere people also throw some white powder (baby powder nowadays) in your face and are happy if the hit a ‘farang’ while doing so.

While in Chiang Mai the party was everywhere and not only close to the river (with the river being the main party area though) in Sukhothai everything focused on the main street between Old Sukhothai and New Sukhothai (well there isn’t anything else actually).

Songkran in Laplae, Uttaradit, Thailand
Songkran in Laplae, Uttaradit, Thailand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Udon there are quite a few lakes with Nong Prajak being the biggest. According to my students that’s the area where the party will have it’s highlights. So this year I’ll hit Nong Prajak Park in Udon Thani for the Thai New Years celebrations and will report back how it was compared to Chiang Mai and Sukhothai.

If you want to see some more pictures from prior Songkran experiences check out my pictures on facebook :-)

Sawadee Pee Mai! (happy new year)

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