13 Apr '11, 10pm

Bangkok makes a splash: Despite its dubious rep of "seven dangerous days of Songkran" - which has already result...

SONGKRAN, or the traditional Thai New Year, usually means a splashing good time as locals and expats take to the streets and celebrate - by drenching each other with buckets and Super Soakers. Songkran officially began yesterday and festivities will go on all through the weekend. Despite its dubious rep of "seven dangerous days of Songkran" - which has already resulted in 29 deaths in road accidents since celebrations began on Monday - it's actually a favourable time to book that last-minute weekend flight to Bangkok. "Contrary to common perception, the traditional Thai New Year is actually low-season for Bangkok hotels - many tourists would prefer to experience a traditional experience and head for places like Chiangmai while Thais working in Bangkok also go back to their hometowns and provinces to celebrate," explained Patcharee Bunma, a Thai native and director of sales...

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