Happy Thai New Year


Each year on April 13th to 15th (some local variations exist), a water fight breaks out all across Thailand. This water fight is in locally known as Songkhran and an occasion to wash away all old problems and head into the future just a bit more wet.†

The date was traditionally set according to astronomical calculations, but have now been marked from April 13th to 15th each year. Traditional celebrations of the custom dictates pouring a “few drops of water” over the hands and shoulder to the person which you want to bless, but in modern times, it has developed into a wild-for-all water-war.†


Below are selections of my own shots taken during celebrations through my years in Thailand. I have come to learn that taking pictures during this event is quite a challenge, unless you are professionally staging a shoot. A camera is absolutely no longer an excuse not to be attacked by water-warriors.†


ขอให้ทุกวันตลอดปีนี้เป็นวันดีแสนดี และขอให้ทุกความหวังของเธอกลายเป็นความปรารถนา และทุกปรารถนานั้นขอให้พลันเป็นจริง สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่นะ!†สวัสดีปีใหม่แด่เพื่อนทุกคน!

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Songkhran 2000 with my “shrimp farmer friends” in Phuket.

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Songkhran 2002 in Sisakhet.†

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Songkhran 2002 in Sisakhet.†

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Memories of Songkhran 2003 in Sisakhet.

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Blessing the seat of Lord Buddha in a new temple during Songkhran 2003 in Sisakhet.

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Songkhran 2004 in Ayutthaya.†

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Wet, wet, wet. Songkhran 2004 in Ayutthaya.†

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Songkhran 2004 in Ayutthaya.†

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Songkhran 2004 in Ayutthaya.†

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Songkhran 2004 in Ayutthaya.†

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Songkhran 2005 in Chieng Mai.†

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Songkhran 2005 in Chieng Mai.†

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Songkhran 2005 in Chieng Mai.†

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My beautiful and 6 month old car completely splashed out at Songkhran 2005 in Mae Hong Son.†

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Songkhran 2005 in Mae Hong Son.†

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Songkhran 2007 somehwere in a remote village of Thailand.†

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Driving through water wars during Songkhran 2007.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Happiness during Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

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Songkhran 2008 in Bangkok.†

Possibly coming later today, or perhaps tomorrow: Songkhran festivities 2015! Please check back soon!†




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