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Songkran Festival Chiang Mai

Huay Kaew Road, Su Thep, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
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Songkran festival

My wife and I traveled back to Chiangmai in April this year for Songkran festival. 3 days of water... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David Y
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So much fun!

The songkran festival was so much fun with a mix of thai people and travellers all playing... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2018
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Songkran is Thailand's most important public holiday and celebrates their traditional new year. It takes place from the 13th – 15th April (the hottest time of the year) throughout the country, but Chiang Mai spreads this out for up to 8 days, making it one of the best places to celebrate the world's biggest water fight. The streets fill with processions, cultural shows, beauty pageants and thousands of locals and tourists armed with water pistols and powder. The moat around the city centre provides the perfect set up for an incredible and unforgettable cultural experience. Wetter equals better, so be warned not to carry any valuables that can't take a soaking.
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Huay Kaew Road, Su Thep, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I traveled back to Chiangmai in April this year for Songkran festival. 3 days of water fights music and family fun. Thai new year and what a great way to celebrate. Every body has water pistols. I’m lucky to have family there...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

The songkran festival was so much fun with a mix of thai people and travellers all playing waterfights together. Or prepared to be soaked, and when I say soaked I mean SOAKED! but it's lots of fun. Word of advice keep all your belongings in...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

If you are young or young at heart, you will love this. if you are more mature/older, you will hate this. I live in Chiang Mai and this was my first Songkran. I didn't know what to expect. It's a massive water fight. No one...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

My friend and I were in Chiang Mai on the same dates as Songkran (not intentional). I read up on it and thought it was a wonderful celebration to “wash away” last year’s negativity. I thought it was cute and light heartedly fun when locals...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

A tortuous four or FIVE days of an all inclusive water fight refereed by no one. I just hated it. However if you are twenty you might LOVE the chaos if you are inebriated enough. If there is religious significance here it was not on...More

1  Thank David H
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Excellent if you are ready to get into the spirit of a wild waterfight. Not any fun if you mind getting soaked as you walk around.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Songkran is Thailand's most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning 'passing' or 'approaching'. I love living in my adopted home city...More

7  Thank Des D
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Songkran is one of those bucket list things to do if you're going to Thailand. We celebrated in Chiang Mai and it was fantastic, the atmosphere is electric, supersoakers and a myriad of water pistol devicesare everywhere, if you think you can avoid getting wet...More

6  Thank Natalie B
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

If you don't want to get wet during the days that Songkran lasts, then its best to stay indoors. If you go out, prepare to be drenched, especially when walking along the main streets of the old city. Personally I tried to avoid the larger...More

2  Thank heatherannew
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

This festival might be fun if it lasted only one day, but who wants to be drenched for 4 straight days? The drenching actually started on Songkran Eve and went ballistic the next 3 days. And we saw no signs that water-fighters respected people wanting...More

4  Thank KayEnnKay
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gkullis
3 April 2018|
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Response from Des D | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately you will be soaking wet from 10.00am till after midnight. There are no "dry" safe places to my knowledge.
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