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Songkran 2016

Songkran Water Festival

One week to go until the first day of Songkran, Thailand’s mad New Year water festival celebrations. Every year, for a hot week in April, Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai undergoes it’s metamorphosis from laid back jungle city to the full blown party capital of Thailand. The city has become famed for its wild and wet celebrations of Songkran, which centre around the moat surrounding the old city.

The official Songkran holiday runs from Wednesday 13th April 2016 until Friday 15th April. However, this year it remains to be seen how big the party will be as there is a major drought and water shortage in northern Thailand. Rumour has it the number of days water throwing will be curtailed, but Songkran has a habit of taking its own course. The main party places are Thapae Gate and around the moat where a constant parade of vehicles, slowed to walking pace, fill the inner and outer moat roads.

Songkran in Thailand
Thailand’s Songkran Festival

Water Wars

For the un-initiated, Songkran is the annual Thai New Year festival. What started as a Bhuddist tradition of pouring water on Bhudda statues and the hands and feet of elders to cleanse and show respect, has now become anything but respectful. For several days it seems the entire population is out on the streets attempting to drown each other with as much water as possible in the world’s number one water fight.

Songkran Chiang Mai Thapae Chiang Mai Songkran
Water wars around the moat near Thapae gate

Most popular choice of war wagon is the pickup truck; loaded up with a large bin of water, plenty of beer and as many people as can be squeezed in! They maraud around the moat armed with plenty of buckets, high powered water pistols and proceed to soak anyone who comes in range. Others take up position by the side of the street and the nearest hosepipe to playfully soak passers-by. (Note, rumour also has it carrying water on pickup trucks and high pwered water pistols will be banned this year – but we’ve heard this in previous years too 🙂 )

Songkran in Chiang Mai
Songkran in Chiang Mai – Pickup Wars

In Chiang Mai, the local population is joined by throngs of tourists as well as many Thais from surrounding towns or returning home for the holiday from Bangkok, add to them the throngs of tourists who come to join in the fun and the city is packed.

Gay Songkran Events in Chiang Mai

There are a number of venues holding special events at Songkran

Sexy Legs Party at Ram Bar – 13 April

See models show off the sexiest men’s legs in town, Special Show, Cabaret Show and Sexy Legs contest. It could be so good we are keeping the shutters closed! Vote for “Ram Bar Mr. Sex Legs” Get your ticket soon – more details of sexy legs party

Songkran sexy legs party at Gay Ram Bar - poster

Three days of Parties at Club One Sven

Club One Seven Sauna and Guest House will be holding three days of sexy parties over Songkran

Club One Seven Songkran Party 13 April

Club One Seven Songkran Party 13 April

Club One Seven Drunken Water Party 14 April

Club One Seven Songkran Party - 14 April

Club One Seven Fun Fair Party – 15 April

Club One Seven Songkran Party 15 April

Special Shows – Adam’s Apple Club

Chiang Mai’s best known gay show bar and go-go club Adam’s Apple Club will be having special Songkran shows on 13, 14 and 15 April


Songkran at House of Male

Songkran festivities at House of Male gay sauna.

Songkran at house of male chiang Mai

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