Songkran or the Thai New Year is celebrated all over Thailand, but no other city can hold a torch to the northern city of Chiang Mai when it comes to the enthusiastic celebrations. Here is a list of top 5 reasons on why celebrating Songkran in Chiang Mai is really special.
1.The festival lasts for four full days
Yes, its true. While the water throwing craziness goes on for a day or two in other cities such as Bangkok and Phuket, it continues for four full days in Chiang Mai. In case the water thrills are not enough, there is ice, chalk powder and foam to up the ante.
2.No other city has a moat full of water
The old city area of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a large square-shaped moat- four miles of it to be exact-and people use the moat as a re-fill station for an endless supply of water. What is more, Pickup trucks and tuk-tuks loaded with barrels full of water, in which massive blocks of ice rest, make their rounds around the moat to give you a chilly Songkran experience.
3. There are a lot of cultural events and processions
Stages and tents sponsored by local and international companies are put up all over Chiang Mai. Most have professional dancers providing non-stop entertainment, along with the occasional spraying of water from hoses onto the crowd. You will also get to see religious processions march through Chiang Mai with statues of Buddha on beautifully decorated floats- the traditional way of celebrating Songkran.
4. The food is scrumptious
Traditional Songkran dishes such as Pad Thai (stir fried noodles), Tom Yum Goong (shrimp and lemongrass soup), Som Tam (green papaya salad) and Mango Sticky Rice are available in plenty in Chiang Mai for tourists to feast on.
5. You can find your own serene space amidst the chaos
Chiang Mai‘s gorgeous temples are adorned with festive decorations and offer you a great sense of tranquility and peace.
Where to stay in Chiang Mai
Heading out to celebrate Songkran with your gang of friends and family? This spacious and gorgeous 4 bedroom villa near the famous craftsmen villages of Bosang and Sankamphaeng is perfect for bonding and having fun.
Looking for your own private sanctuary after a day out in the Songkran revelry. This beautiful 2 bedroom villa is just what you need.
On a budget? Stay at this spacious 1 bedroom apartment with great amenities without burning a hole in your pocket. You also have a kitchen to help you cook your own food with local ingredients.