The Chiang Mai Songkran festival in full swing. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
The Chiang Mai Songkran festival in full swing. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Head North for the soaking of a lifetime

Travel log March 29, 2019 01:00

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The best-known Songkran celebrations in the whole of Thailand take place in the northern city of Chiang Mai, and this year the Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2019, during April 1-16, will be focusing on “telling the story of the Lanna culture while celebrating the auspicious new year with safety and without alcohol.”

In Chiang Mai, Songkran is often called Paweni Pi Mai Muang. Chiang Mai offers a wonderful balance of water-based fun and sacred ceremonies that show the religious importance of this festival to the Lanna people.

Highlights include the procession of Chiang Mai’s prominent Phra Buddha Sihing image as well as bathing the image, and taking part in a parade bringing sand and Sali (the Bodhi tree) clutches to temples, cultural events and performances.

Check out the full list of activities spanning the first two weeks of April at the Tourism Authority of Thailand website on www.tatnews.org or call the Chiang Mai Office on Tel: 05327 6140-2