My Songkran - Chiang Khong -2021

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A few pics from a quiet Songkran / Thai New Year in Chiang Khong.
Due to the latest covid-19 wave & alerts this year was a low key affair with no water throwing & party booze ups.
I decided to generally hang out at home & keep a low profile, rather than be one for causing a covid alert in CK City - something you would forever be remembered for as that farang who was responsible for jeopardizing the local community. Say no more, but all you guys who live in a small local community will understand well.

In the heat of the day there's nothing going on at the main Tha Pha Tan port where the postponed music festival will be held on 21 August 2021.
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Whilst pubs are closed, local hotels and guesthouses will still serve you a drink.
The Nam Khong Riverside hotel & the Teak Garden are two beauties to go to for a quiet drink later in the day or at sunset.

Some Nam Khong beauty
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The Teak Garden
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The inifinity pool is a magic spot at sunset
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more to come
 

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The Teak Garden poster for the CK Music Festival rescheduled for 21st August 2021

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The parade & ritual bathing of the districts Buddha images went along the new river boulevard this year.
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Graceful, elegant Tai Lue ladies.
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more to come...lighting up the sky
 

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There was a huge dancing parade with 1500 dancers to inaugurate the CK Phaya Naga snake, scheduled for 3.30PM later that day and I popped along at 1.30PM to reconfirm the arrangements. AND they were just packing up. The time was changed in the morning so the event could be completed by midday, & everyone could go home early. NO big covid-19 crowd. Duh I thought. Missed that one.

So the next event was the night time "flower pot fireworks" contest.
A new one on me, but they claim it has been done before in Chiang Khong many times.
It is damn impressive & well worth hanging around for.
The competition is between various groups & temples, with an absolute frenzy of monks & guys prepping their bamboo firepots in the ground at the launch site.

The Tha Pha Tan port was lit up somewhat
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The launch site was next to the shrine & rocks.
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The pyromaniacs fast at it preparing their rockets.
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A bit of music keeps people entertained
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A view of the new river boulevard
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A crowd starts to build up for the show
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Pre launch time alert - 10 minutes to countdown
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To come.... spectacular display