Songkran water fights begin a day early in Chiang Mai
Tourists in Chiang Mai kicked off their Songkran Festival celebrations a day early on Wednesday. In several locations around the city, revellers armed themselves with water-pistols and buckets of water to soak passers-by.
The fun continued yesterday with the moat around the Old City the centre of action for both Thais and foreigners. With temperatures above 35°C for most of the day, getting a soaking was not too unpleasant an experience for most.
With some roads closed for the celebrations and others crowded with water combatants, driving around the main city areas was slow and there were lots of minor traffic snarl-ups. Songkran finishes tomorrow and, apart from in a few locations, water throwing ends at the same time.
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