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Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016

Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wet and Wild
Thailand celebrates its New Year with the Songkran Festival. It was an opportune time for me to arrive in Chiang Mai where Songkran water fights take on hyperbolic proportions! I didn't even know about it until I arrived. It's 3 days of getting wet...actually, 4 days because the trigger-happy folks start a day before - seriously! You can't leave you hotel without getting wet. People prepare themselves for the event by getting those blow-your-doors-off bazooka water guns. You simply cannot leave home without a water gun! Don't be surprised to be poured on ice-cold water first thing in the morning. Everything is done in fun with happy faces!

Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai

Ending Thoughts
After 4 days, it was trigger-fatigue for me. But it was wickedly fun while it lasted. Songkran is a bucket list entry! If you plan on visiting Thailand during Songkran Festival, make it to Chiang Mai. The Wild Wild West comes alive in Chiang Mai during Songkran!

--- TheLoneRider

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai massage in Chiang Mai - massage hotels in Chiang Mai - hotel cafes in Chiang Mai - cafe
getting armed and dangerous for Songkran...Scarface would be proud wet and wild in Chiang Mai getting wet with Jin, a lonerider from Korea trigger happy
soaked and loving it meeting some travelers from Hong Kong water supply was infinite I wouldn't!
everyone was river-dependent all smiles for Malina, a lovely Austrian traveler there were cultural parades too ice cream break with Malina
no one was safe everybody was out everybody was a gun slinger families came out in droves
pandemonium on the streets you can't say no it's like gun fight at OK Corral ready for the ambush
a water gun, a pail of water...whatever works kids love it mother and child bonding they take no prisoners
Nawa Sheeva Hotel Chiangmai

Nawa Sheeva Hotel Chiangmai

Location: 184/2 Ratchapakhinai Rd, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, 50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: 061.272.8008 / 053.326.583
Features: salt-water swimming pool, expansive space, big luxurious rooms, great hotel cafe using top-of-the-line espresso brewer
Nawa Saraan Hotel Chiangmai

Nawa Saraan Hotel Chiangmai

Location: 37/1 Singharat Lane 2, T.Sriphum, Muang Chiangmai, 50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Features: upscale container-themed, luxury appointments, central location
WAYA Massage

WAYA Massage

Hours: daily, 1:00pm to 12:00 midnight

Chiang Mai FYI / Tips

  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located within the Northeast area of the Old City area
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai

How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok

  • train - for more info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains. Main train departure is from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

    • #51 - best value. It's a sleeping train leaving Bang Sue Junction (at the Bang Sue MRT station), leaves 10:50pm, arrives Chiang Mai 1pm, non aircon, $14 or B271
    • #7 - Bang Sue Junction (at the Bang Sue MRT station), leaves 8:40am and arrives Chiang Mai 7:30pm (allow for delays), aircon, non sleeping train (so you stay seated the entire time), B638

  • bus - B450

How to Get around Chiang Mai

  • red taxi (shared) - B50 standard fare
  • tuk-tuk
  • bicycle - B50 daily rental

Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai

  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session
  2. Road House - in front of Porn Ping Hotel
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar

Chiang Mai Cost Index

backpacker places (US$1 = Thai Baht 35.11 = Php P46.10 as of April 11, 2016)
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride

Thailand Blogs by TheLoneRider

  1. Loving Bangkok All Over Again Feb 22-26, 2016
  2. Adventure Hostel Review Feb 22-26, 2016
  3. Hotel Review: Riva Surya Bangkok Oct. 20, 2014
  4. The Shopping Malls of Bangkok Oct 6-20, 2014
  5. Bangkok's Street Food Delight Oct 6-20, 2014
  6. Bangkok Revisited 3 Oct 6-20, 2014
  7. Bangkok Dec 31, 2005

  8. Chiang Khong
  9. Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand Apr 30 - May 9, 2016

  10. Chiang Mai
  11. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  12. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  13. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  14. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Chiangmai (Thailand) April 9-10, 2016

  15. Chiang Rai
  16. Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand May 11-16, 2016
  17. Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) May 15, 2016

  18. Chiang Saen
  19. Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand Apr 28-30, 2016

  20. Mae Sai
  21. 4 Days in Mae Sai, Thailand Apr 25-28, 2016
  22. Border Crossing - Mae Sai (Thailand) to Tachileik (Myanmar) Apr 23, 2016

  23. Pai
  24. Exploring Pai, Thailand May 19-24, 2016
  25. Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand May 23, 2016
  26. Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon May 23, 2016
  27. Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) May 21, 2016

  28. Pak Chong
  29. Pak Chong (Thailand) En Route to Siem Reap (Cambodia) Mar 20-21, 2016
  30. Goodbye Thai Plum Village Mar 20, 2016
  31. Yoga at Thai Plum Village Mar 19, 2016
  32. Pond Picnic with the Monastics Mar 14, 2016
  33. Sentence Expansion Mar 12, 2016
  34. Alms Round of the Thai Plum Village Monastics Mar 10, 2016
  35. First Day of Teaching English at Thai Plum Village Mar 8, 2016
  36. Cyber Monk Redefined Mar 6, 2016
  37. Thai Plum Village, Day 6: Plum Village and Vipassana Mar 2, 2016
  38. Thai Plum Village, Day 5: Visa Snag Mar 1, 2016
  39. Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday Feb 29, 2016
  40. Plum Village, Day 2-3: Getting Settled Feb 27-28, 2016
  41. Plum Village, Day 1: Arrival Feb 26, 2016

  42. Phan District, Chiang Rai Province
  43. Yoga with Amm Prajna Pitchaya and the Sivananda yoga community of Phan May 16-18, 2016
  44. Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District May 18, 2016

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