Songkran Kicks Off Early in Chiang Mai

It′s still 4 days before actual Songkran holiday but our correspondent reports that waterfights are already spotted in some spots of Chiang Mai downtown, amidst soaring temperature.

Mr. Thanin Supasaen, the governor of Chiang Mai province,
encourages the residents to wear folk costumes for the waterfights and maintain civility. He expects
an increase in number of visitors to the famous Chiang Mai Songran festival this year, estimating
that the season will bring in 1 billion baht.

Mr. Thanin also stresses that alcohol
consumption is strictly forbidden in areas designated for Songkran activities.