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Songkran is the traditional celebration of New Year’s Day in Thailand, and the festival in Chiang Mai will carry on through April 15th this year. The main theme of the festival: water, lots of water, whether it’s being splashed on Buddhas or being sprayed from a water pistol on passers-by from the back of a tuk-tuk.

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Daniel Nahabedian

Daniel left behind his cubicle in 2009 to start a RTW journey & follow his true passion: photography. He is currently settling down in Thailand to work on his Travel Photo Blog Canvas of Light & become a full time freelance Travel Photographer.

  • Drew

    Love the photo of the icy water and the kid in the bucket Dan, great stuff! I am suitably jealous.

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks Drew! I am equally jealous you experienced Holi festival in India too.. We are even.

  • paul sullivan

    Nice work Daniel, this was a really enjoyable essay. Nice mix of great captures (the kid in the bucket!) and storytelling. Double props for braving all that water with your camera – must have been a bit frightening!

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks Paul!
      It was kind of scary at first with the camera, especially when it’s only protected with a ziploc bag and rubber bands but most people just throw water while avoiding the camera. It’s been great!

  • Tim Patterson

    I remember a songkran in Luang Prabang a couple of years ago when some Lao friends of mine upped the ante from buckets of water and started smearing passers-by with engine grease — it can get pretty wild.

  • wally zebco

    Songkrahn used to be a very nice holiday. For the past 15 years it’s turned into a very ugly thing involving drunken Europeans trying to cop a feel off young girls…and boys (they are European). It used to be a one possibly two day event now it’s a five to six day nightmare. The expats that I know all leave during that week.

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  • Candice

    Love the kid in the bucket. Need to join this someday!

  • Kirsten

    LOVE the photographs. Then again, I expect nothing less from Daniel!

  • Anne

    Amazing photos. Those kids in #9 look like they mean business. Did they spray you in the end?

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  • waywardlife

    Aw, this made me miss Thai water fights!  The one here in LA is so tame in comparison.  Was just in CM a few months ago, wishing it was Songkran.

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