Chiang Saen’s Songkran Festival is colourful and vibrant, and despite being on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, its HOT! The most important holiday period of the year, its celebrated with enthusiasm by the locals – the water-throwing being a core part of having fun….
Songkran falls sometime between April 10 and April 18 and has its origins in ancient astrology. The phases of the moon and the lunar calendar also play an important role in determining the actual date of the Thai New Year.
Chiang Saen offers a unique variation on the New Year theme, with boat racing on the Nam Mae Kong (Mekong River).
Loy Krathong is another of Thailand’s annual festivals, taking place at the full moon in the twelfth month of the lunar calendar. This is usually in mid November.