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.
Tourists travelling to and from Chiang Mai as well other major cities and holiday destinations in Thailand over the weekend will find roads and public transport busy as Thais head back to their homes and places of work. 12GO ASIA advises making online reservations if travelling over the next few days.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has resumed services on the southbound route from Bangkok to Suratthani and Hat Yai. Train services were temporarily halted yesterday as floodwaters swamped the tracks near the seaside resort town of Hua Hin.
Senior Thai government ministers are currently debating whether to extend the opening days for the Royal Crematorium. The site of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation was supposed to have been open until the end of this month and then demolished.
Residents and tourists say Hanoi’s later opening hours for nightlife have made the city a more exciting place. Under regulations passed late last year, pubs and cafés were allowed to apply to extend their opening hours from midnight until 02:00 at weekends.