I have traveled to Chiang Mai for 2 days to be at the epicenter of Songkran, aka Thai New Year, aka Thai Water Festival. The official start day was today, the 13th of April, but things got off to an early start yesterday throughout the city and especially along the moat that surrounds the city. While there are many cultural activities taking place at temples and other locations, the main draw of the festival within Chiang Mai is at the outer moat – the location of possibly the largest water fight in the world. Pick-up trucks filled with locals who are armed with water-cannons face off against strategically located groups in the streets ready with buckets of ice water. I’ll have a full write up and photo essay in a few weeks.
For this week’s main article, I’m going to point you to an interview I did for Rolf Pott’s Vagablogging page which went up today. His site hosts a weekly case study travelers and you can read mine here: Vagabonding Case Study: Travis Ball. Please head over to his site and let me know what you think of the interview.
If things go well with the internet in Malaysia, I hope to get my photo essay up on time for Friday, but might run into internet troubles along the way.