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Splish, splash – tourists and Thais get wet and wild

The Songkran festival is under way, with foreign tourists joining Thai revellers for the Thai New Year water-splashing celebration.

The festival runs from April 13-16 but in many places celebrations started on Thursday.

Thais could be seen sprinkling water on Buddha images for blessings and later taking part in huge water fights.

This year there is a campaign encouraging participants to celebrate in traditional Thai costumes.

The campaign emerged after the mega-hit TV drama “BuppeSanNivas” (“Love Destiny”) influenced Thai citizens to adopt the traditional dress worn by actors and actresses in the series.

In Hat Yai District, Songkhla province, a Chinese-Malaysian tourist took part in water splashing on Saneha Anusorn Road dressed in a Thai period costume.

Every year, tourists from neighbouring countries flock to join the festivities, especially the “Hat Yai Midnight Songkarn” which runs from midnight tonigt until Friday.

And in Bangkok’s Khao San Road area, one of the most popular spots for Songkran revellers, many tourists joined in a huge water fight.

Another tourist attraction in Phuket’s Patong Beach, Bangla Road was crowded with many soaked tourists.

The Nation 



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