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Trying to get away from the madness of Songkran

(written on April 15, 2010) Today is officially the last day of Songkran.  I don’t know if Chiang Mai will stop the festivities, but I know that today was my last day of the most insane holiday in the world.  There seemed to be a little less insanity today, maybe fewer people on the streets, or people were just Songkran’ed out, but it was still super fun.

The moats were still full of people filling up their buckets and waterguns and really, they were just full of people.  There’s no difference between swimming and the moat and walking the streets, because the water that you are soaked in is 100% moat water (apparently Chiang Mai does a really good job of keeping the waters somewhat clean and sanitary).  I caught these two boys lounging on an innertube away from the madness.  That’s the way to do it!!

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A young monk participating in Songkran

This is the one picture I wanted: a monk with a water gun.  Oh and I got it, amidst a fight with the said monk.  It was hilarious and so cute at the same time.  A few of them were timidly gathered by the moat, successfully filling up their water guns and buckets.  I of course let him shoot first and he also was not quite shooting when I took this picture, or he was shooting, but not exactly at me, definitely more of a pose just for the picture!  He was quite respectful of my naked camera!

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