Friday 6 April 2012

Amazing Thailand Songkran 2012 festival

It's that time of the year again ... summer, when the mercury hits about 400 and there's 'mango madness' in the air.

Songkhran (or songkran) is on us, where the fun and the waterfights break out. Many locals are already stocking up on groceries and other supplies and battening down the hatches so they don't need to venture outdoors during this period (Ok, it's fun for a day or so, but after a week or so, and year after year it is possible to be over it). But for those with an adventurous spirit well it's all fun and games till someone loses an eye.

So here' then is a round-up to help you get the most of Songkran festival 2012 in all parts of Amazing Thailand, including Bangkok (remember last year's Kao San Road scandal?), Pattaya, Phuket, Samui and especially Chiang Mai.

The origins of Songkhran ... how and why this Thai water festival was first celebrated:

How they celebrate it in Chiang Mai and northern Thailand - week-long wildness and wetness:

And now some fun photos from around the popular tourist areas of Thailande (yes, that's how some Europeans spell it, but that's better than Tailand which is the most common misspelling):

So that's it ... pack your swimwear and super-soaker water gun for the world's largest wet T-shirt contest!