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Songkran Festival Thailand 2008

Songkran Festival Phuket Thailand 2008

Songkran Festival Phuket Thailand 2008

Songkran Festival Phuket Thailand 2008 will once again marked by the water based festivities, which traditionally were limited to sprinking some water on the head of your elders, or going to the temple for a blessing and sprinkle from a Monk. These days, water fights are the order of the day, though the temple is still important (see photos below). Just about anywhere you go, there are people lined up along the street ready with buckets of water and huge water pistols to drench anyone passing by. It can be great fun if you are in the mood. It can also be dangerous, as some folks get carried away with the occasion and fire water at passing motorbikes. People also tend to drink plenty of alcohol, and Songkran is well know for its high accident statistics, depsite police crackdowns, roadblocks.

 

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Anyway they have other special for Songkran Day in Phuket at Rawai Muay Thai Camp, the world's biggest water fight. All of Thailand celebrates the Songkran festival with a massave water fight.
During the Songkran festival the streets are lined with 1000's people armed with
buckets of water, they are ready to spash every one that passes bye ( locals & tourists! ).
Between Sunrise & Sunset expect to get wet if you venture out doors during the Songkran Festival

The Songkran Festival is a celebration of the Thai New Year.
It is the start of the wet season, a time to reflect on the past year & the new year ahead.

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Others area in Phuket truckloads of young people drive around the island throwing buckets of fresh water at one another. It is probably not the best day for visitors to the island to walk around shopping. However, in most of the island's hotels, the lovely rituals of Songkran are celebrated by staff who pay respect not only to their managers but to valued guests. Some resorts offer tour programs to local temples where their international guests can join in the Buddhist religious rites of paying respect to monks.

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Songkran Festival Kao San Road 2008

Songkran Festival Kao San Road 2008

Songkran 2008 at Kao San Road which Khao San Road was typified by massive crowds drenching each other, smearing talcum powder into each others' faces and dancing round to the sounds of massive sound systems. Good fun but last year a bit on the extreme side. "Social Order" policies have calmed things down a bit on Khao San and they are still in place. During the festival itself, the ends of the street are blocked off to control access and revelers are usually given plastic replicas of traditional silver bowls in a bid towards getting people 'sprinkling' each other again as per the original tradition. Vans with loud speakers often patrol the area spreading a message of the advantages of the traditional Songkran festival.

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This doesn't mean Khao San is no longer fun far from it the traditional Thai quality of compromise means that Songkran on Khao San Road is now a more ordered and less frenzied affair. Talcum powder is no longer allowed on the street (although you do see it on surrounding streets), the venue is well policed and it's a much friendlier, calmer and safer affair. As a result, there's now no better place to experience Songkran than on Khao San

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As you might know Khao San Road in bangkok usually has a lot of foreigner there on songkran day.
The north of Thailand Chiang Mai is the best place to travel and play for songkran and there will start water fastical before other area. but you should reserve to stay before if you have plan to go there. Pattaya beaches is one popular also. So Khao San Road still very interesting for 2008 Songkran Festival in Thailand.

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Songkran Festival Chiang Mai 2008

Songkran Festival Chiang Mai 2008

Songkran Festival in Chiangmai Thailand the procession is held on this day. This is a parade through Chiangmai comprised of Buddha images and attendants on floats, which are accompanied by minstrels and the town's people. The procession begins at Nawarat Bridge on the Mae Ping River and moves the Thapae Gate before approaching its final destination of Wat Prasingh.

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Songkran 2008 which will coming is still the most important of all the Thai festivals and holidays. It marks the beginning of a new astrological year and is much in keeping with the old lunar calendar of Siam. It is officially celebrated this year on April 12, but the festival actually takes place over a period of four days. It includes the 'Troot Festival' discussed above as well as all the merit-making at Buddhist temples and the ultimate Songkran, or The Pouring of Water ritual, by which we have come to identify Songkran with today. Each year, the four-day celebration of Songkran consists of many activities, and these are briefly explained below.

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In Chiang Mai at Wat Prasingh continue on this day and in the evening local residents go to the banks of the Mae Ping River and gather sand to be deposited in piles topped by flowers in the temples. This practice is the ancient "raising the temple grounds" ritual which was necessary in the old days because then Thai New Year was held at the end of the rainy season in the first month of the old Thai Lunar Calendar. And the final day of the celebration and the day on which people have built up to a crescendo of water throwing. It is the day when all family and religious obligations have been completed and the people are totally dedicated to Fun Fun.


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Songkran Festival Nana Plaza Bangkok 2008

Songkran Festival Nana Plaza Bangkok 2008

Thailand's annual traditional new year Songkran water festival 2008 will coming in soon.
Na Na Plaza Area is another place of modern Song Kran Festivak in Thailand.

This traditional Thai custom of merry-making is the Kingdom's most fun-filled festival, celebrated with tremendous enthusiasm, nation-wide, once a year. In most parts of the country, Songkran extends over a period of 3 days.

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Known the world over for its characteristic tradition of water-throwing ranging from a courteous sprinkle or a polite splash, to harmless water pistols and showers from garden hoses to the well-aimed bucket or water-cannon delivered in a festive spirit. Without a doubt, on the practical side, Songkran is a refreshing solution to beating the heat in the hottest season of the year. There is a however a much deeper significance to Songkran.

Na Na Plaza Area that will pretty much you feeling all day under attack you never knew when water was going to be thrown on you even when you are posing for a picture and this area also one of celeste's friends can see ladyboys
aka crossdressers. Fun fun Song Kran with ladyboys fun fun do not think anything.

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Apart from marking a new beginning, Songkran is also a time for thanksgiving. It is an important time for individuals to reflect upon the many acts of kindness and thoughtfulness each has personally experienced and to remember how such acts of generosity and compassion bring peace, happiness and well-being. Songkran is also the time for reunions and family ties are renewed.

At the heart of each Thai custom and tradition, there is always a logical reason for its existence. The festive elements of the celebration, the cultural values, the social code of conduct and individual belief and practices are intertwined. Songkran embodies the traditional Thai cultural values.

The underlying significance of Songkran is the process of cleansing and purification - the purging of all ills, misfortune and evil and starting the New Year afresh with all that is good and pure. Water is symbolic of the cleaning process and signifies purity.

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Where Songkran Festival located Nana Plaza area is a red-light district in Bangkok. It lies on Sukhumvit Road Soi 4 across from the Nana Hotel. The name originates from the Nana family (with Lek Nana the most prominent member) who owns many properties in the area and has much influence in Thailand.

Along with Soi Cowboy and Patpong, Nana Plaza is one of the Bangkok red-light districts which serve primarily European and American customers. However, in recent years more Japanese men have found their way here due to the extremely high prices in the Japanese-oriented nightclubs in Bangkok.

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The Plaza is in the shape of a square, with a single opening on the western side, and consists of a ground floor and two additional floors. It started out as a restaurant area in the late 1970s. During the early 1980s go-go bars began to appear and gradually replaced the restaurants. The composition of those bars has changed over the past few years; the last non-go-go bar in the enclosed area, the Woodstock Pub was sold in 2005 to the Rainbow Group and reopened as "Rainbow 4." A few bars offer a more pub-like or beer bar format without dancing; as of 2007 these are the Cathouse and the Big Mango bars. Three short-time hotels operate on the top floor.

The open centre of the ground floor, once simply a car park, is now occupied by beer bars. Anyway Songkran Festival being both daylife and nightlife. Enjoy Songkran Festival 2008 at Na Na Plaza.

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