– Prepare for a drenching on a visit to Chiang Rai during 13 and 15 April 2011

Published: Thu Mar 10 2011

Between 13th and 15th April 2011 the whole of Chiang Rai’s streets will become a battle field of water laden mayhem, with residents arming themselves with water pistols and buckets of water to soak anybody that happens to come their way.

The all encompassing carnage marks the start to the New Year in Thailand or Songkran as it’s known locally. During the festival people can also be seen going to pay their respects at temples and help in pouring water on Buddha images as a ritual for bringing luck. Originally the water that had run off the image would be collected and poured over people as a blessing. This has since transformed into public water fights although the traditional values are still maintained.

Visitors should expect to be doused with water the minute they leave Chiang Rai hotels as many locals also believe that pouring water on a foreigner is lucky. Everything however is carried out in a friendly manner and with the ubiquitous Thai smile to ensure it’s a very Happy New Year.

Lek Boonlert, marketing head at commented: "Hotels in Chiang Rai are always fully occupied in what is the city’s peak season. Rates at many places can often rise so people should check online for the best deals and be sure to book early."


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