BANGKOK — It’s Songkran and people across the country are celebrating the traditional New Year in different styles. We take a look at how each province enjoys the festivities.

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Chiang Mai

Despite the heat, Chiang Mai locals enjoyed splashing water with tourists Friday morning, as they wore their national costumes and strolled around the city’s moat. Among them was former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who tagged along her son to join the fun on Tha Phae Road.

Yingluck Shinawatra and son Supasek Amornchat splashing water at each other Friday on Tha Phae Road, Chiang Mai province. Photo: Yingluck Shinawatra / Facebook.
Songkran in Chiang Mai.
Songkran in Chiang Mai.


Heading south to Chumphon, people gathered to from Thursday afternoon to have fun splashing water and to indulge in white foam along Suksamur Road. Traditional performances and concerts also took place at the venue.

Songkran in Chumphon.
Songkran in Chumphon.
Songkran in Chumphon.

Nong Khai

Tourists and locals gathered Thursday at Wat Pho Chai in Muang, the northeastern province of Nong Khai to pay respect to Luangpho Phra Sai, the sacred buddha image. During a procession around the temple, people sprinkled water onto the buddha image under heavy rain.

People flock to pay respect to Luangpho Phra Sai buddha image at Wat Pho Chai Thursday morning.
People flock to pay respect to Luangpho Phra Sai buddha image Thursday Morning at Wat Pho Chai in Nong Khai.

Nakhon Ratchasima

Apart from paying respects and showering the memorial statue of historic heroine Thao Suranari with water, people – especially children – in Korat also sought sanctuary from the heat in the Thao Suranari Garden fountain.

Children enjoy playing water in the fountain of Thao Suranari Garden in Nakhon Ratchasima Thursday morning.


The festival began early in Soi Bangla, the heart of nightlife in Patong Beach with hundreds of tourists and locals enjoying the water-splashing since Wednesday afternoon. Apart from the fun, there were also religious and cultural activities to join along with a beauty contest to watch.



Saneha Nusorn Road in Hat Yai was closed only for water-splashing purposes and drew hundreds of people since Thursday morning. The party will resume until midnight. Some people enjoyed riding around town to revel in the splash. Although it’s illegal, many people were spotted riding on the back of trucks.

Crowds gather Thursday morning to celebrate the water festival on Saneha Nusorn Road in Hat Yai.
People in bright green drive around town ready to begin their water fight Thursday morning in Hat Yai.


The eastern provinces started water splashing Wednesday night on Khao Tip Road which was crowded by teenagers and tourists. The road was made an alcohol-free zone but the use of powder and water guns were allowed.

Tourists enjoy Songkran festival Wednesday night on Khao Tip Road
Teenagers enjoy Songkran festival Wednesday night on Khao Tip Road

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