My Songkran @ Chiang Khong 2014

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  1. Friday 11th - Saturday 19th April.
    A plan to flee the madness & mayhem of Songkran in Chiang Mai.
    Hang out in charming Chiang Khong & not get wet, if possible - a bit of a silly fantasy in retrospect.

    For me it started off with a new year spirit ceremony at Wat Phra Kaeo.

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    & this ceremony would appear to be for the village elders only I thought.
    Not everyone fitted inside

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    I'd actually been in CK for 2 days, holed up at Tammila guesthouse to avoid the water throwing & pickups patrolling the main street dowsing everyone with water. And I thought I would be "safe," no way!
     
  2. On day 3 I ventured out for a few piccies of the water throwing

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    Parading the Buddha images for bathing & good luck

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    It was also full moon & there was a glorious moon rise over Houei Xai & the Khong.

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    A full moon can affect some people in strange ways & much more than others.
     
  3. Like most towns on the 'Khong, Chiang Khong hosted some local boat racing.
    It was exciting, went all day & was bloody hot 'n hard work in the midday sun, but the locals get right into it & have loads of fun. No aggro & no fights. just plain good ol sanuk. Good on you Thailand.

    Preparing for the start

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    It's amazing how low the boats are & how little free board there is.

    A race is on

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    The Finish line area & spectators

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    The finish line

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    Powering on, going for it

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    Close finishes

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    Victors

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    A victorious crew

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    Blessed boats

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    A portable sound system to urge the boat rowers on out in the Mekong

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  4. The cool laid back riverside party scene for the boat racing in Chiang Khong.

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    The boat racing finishing line

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    The night time party scene, set up on the Customs dock downtown.

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    A cool bench to sit on.

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