Trip to Chiang Mai – Thai Land


This year, the rare Vietnamese holiday coincides with Songkran, the water-splashing festival in Thailand,
I had always wanted to visit there, so I was looking for a flight.
I remembered that Air asia had started direct flights from my current home town, DANANG in Vietnam to Chiang Mai in Thailand.
The price is not that expensive at around 13,000 yen round-trip, and the time zone is not bad.
So I went to Chiang Mai to try Khao Soi, a Chiang Mai specialty that I got addicted to in Bangkok the other day.

I arrived at Chiang Mai airport on the start of the 3-day Songkran.
When I went outside, it was almost 40 degrees Celsius!
However, it is a water splashing festival. I was more excited in the intense heat.
I took a hotel near Tha Phae Gate,
I thought I would take a local bus to the old town.
But I got tired of waiting for the bus at the bus stop under the blazing sun in two seconds,
I decided to take a Grab instead of being stingy.

I checked into a hotel and got wet,
I started to walk around, thinking, “Let’s eat anyway…”,
In 30 seconds, I was soaked all over… but it was fun!

However, I was still unarmed and had no weapon (water pistol) to attack back,
They kept pouring water on me as they wanted to.

We were still soaking wet, but we ate a meal and went to get weapons,
I went to get weapons.

When I was a child, there were only water guns like this, but before I knew it, water guns had evolved.

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I bought one that looked like it would have some offensive power, and I was ready for battle.
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Everywhere, multinational military adults and children, Thai local adults and children, people who know each other and people who don’t know each other are hitting each other with water.
People hit each other from cars and from two times in the BAR.

I was splashed with ice water,
or being hosed down for about 10 seconds while drinking beer at a bar.

No matter what they do, it’s fun. It is truly a festival!

But the biggest fear of Songkran in Chiang Mai is…,
The water attack on the moat that surrounds the old city of Chiang Mai!
Well, the water thrown on you at Songkran is “water of purification”, so don’t be afraid to accept the disgusting water.

I hardly visited famous tourist spots and temples in Chiang Mai,
I spent 2 days in the old town, just splashing around,
It was fun. I would like to go back.