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The Water-fight in Chiang Mai during Songkran_2011-4 | by John Shedrick
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The Water-fight in Chiang Mai during Songkran_2011-4

The Songkran Festival is a three day event to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year. The festival is celebrated throughout the country, but more-so in Chiang Mai than anywhere else, so this is the place to be if you want to participate to the max.

The most popular aspect of this celebration is the water fights. This is for everyone who wants to have lots of fun while partaking in a traditional thai festivity.

While the action was taking place everywhere, the main activities were around the moat area, which surrounds the old city. Families and friends pile into the back of pick-up trucks or whatever they have and head for the moat.

Most of the Tuk-Tuks had removed their roofs and had their own water barrel to make them more desirable for cruising the moat area during the festivities.

Water stations were set up all over for people to fill their buckets and squirt guns. Many of the bars around the moat kept tubs out filled with ice-water. This was more fun for the shooter since it got a noticeable reaction from the recipient.

Those riding in the pickup truck beds and open vehicles were especially enjoying the event. Most all of them had big water barrels with them so they could return fire and they seemed to be the favorite targets of the crowd.

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Taken on April 14, 2011