The traditional Thai New Years festival Songkran is celebrated nationwide each year for three days between April 13-15. In Chiang Mai in Thailands north the festival holds onto it’s traditions with families gathering together for early morning temple visits and parades through the city centre that highlight the northern Lana culture. As each day of festival proceeds the traditional aspects become lost as a hoard of backpackers and young Thais hit the streets for what has become a spectacular water fight party. Driving the streets is hazardous as buckets of water are slammed at close range into the faces of moto and tuk tuk drivers, accidents are common and with this comes the occasional death. The moat that surrounds the city’s historic centre becomes the playground from which buckets and pump action water guns are easily refilled and poured over anyone in striking distance, traffic comes to a stand still, the music is loud and everyone gets very wet.