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Songkran Festival 2007

13-15 April 2007 (1 April 2007 in Chiang Mai?)

Some people say that Thailand has more festivals each year than there are weekends to celebrate them. Although we aren't sure whether this is the case or not, we are sure that the Songkran Festival is the highlight in what is a packed annual festival calendar! Essentially a festival that celebrates Thai New Year, Songkran started out as a gentle religious ceremony. Over the years this ceremony has mutated into full on street fights using water pistols, buckets, hoses - basically anything you can get your hands on! Although a nationwide festival, two destinations are more or less synonymous with the festival: the entire city of Chiang Mai and Bangkok's Khao San Road.

Songkran in Chiang Mai

Although this year there might be that smoke haze you have been reading about from fires in the area, it's hard to see Chiang Mai missing out on Songkran! Chiang Mai is without doubt Thailand's leading venue for Songkran celebrations and in fact the haze might just mean that people enjoy Songkran sooner than later! Chiang Mai is seriously thinking about bringing the annual Songkran festival forward from April 13. 2007 to April 1, 2007 ...

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Songkran on Khao San Road

Although Chiang Mai is likely Thailand's most popular destination for Songkran (probably because of its 'no holds barred' mentality towards the festival), a close runner up, and certainly a favourite amongst foreigners, is Bangkok's Khao San Road. Traditionally the capital's backpacker and budget tourist area, Khao San Road has gone a bit up market over recent years and to some extent taken Songkran with it....

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