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Chiang Mai New Year Festival

Schedule : 11-15 April 2002

Venue : All over Chiang Mai city, Chiang Mai

Origin :
The Songkran Festival has been celebrated by Thais since ancient times. Chiang Mai has preserved this tradition and promotes it as the New Year's Day of Chiang Mai by retaining the lovely traditions of the province until the event is now very popular among Thai and foreign tourists.

Activities :
- Merit making and bathing Buddha images.
- Lanna cultural shows and folk plays.
- Paying respect to elders.
- Morning market, carrying sand into temples and making sand pagodas.
- Road of locals, Miss Songkran pageant and Miss Songkran procession.
- Songkran water throwing.

Nearby Tourist Spots :
- Wat Chiang Man (Muang)
  is the oldest city temple and it houses Phra Setangkhamani or Phra Kaeo Khao, an important Buddha image of the province.
- Doi Suthep-Pui National Park (Muang)
  is the watershed of several waterways. It has verdant natural beauty and sacred and important religious and historical sites.
- Chiang Mai Cultural Center (Muang)
  is on Chiang Mai-Hang Dong road. It is the center of Lanna culture and arts. The compound has teak buildings with beautifully carved wooden doors and windows.
- Sao Inthakhin (Muang)
  is the city pillar when King Mengrai the Great built Chiang Mai in 1296.
- Villages in the Handicrafts Villages Development Project (Hang Dong)
  comprise the villages of Muang Kung and Kuan Han Kaeo that are famous for earthenware, Roi Chan that is famous for weaving lids in the Am pattern and Thawai that is renowned for making imitation antiques.

For more information, contact :
- Chiang Mai Municipality.
  Tel. (053) 252478
- TAT Northern Region Office: Area 1 (Chiang Mai).
  Tel. (053) 248604, 248607, 241466, fax (053) 248605

Source : The Tourism Authority of Thailand
Wed, 6 March, 2002

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