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If you're planning on going to Myanmar, make sure your trip coincides with the biggest festival of the year, Thingyan. This usually falls between the 13-16 April and celebrates the ... Read more
Burmese New Year; it's also known as the Water Festival. Similar festivals are held in neighbouring countries - Songkran in Thailand and Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia. In Myanmar, the best place to see the action is either in Mandalay or Yangon, where hordes of jeeps and pick-up trucks parade through the streets picking up people as they go. People are armed with buckets and hoses of water ready to douse the passer-by on every street corner. It's truly impossible not to get wet during these few days while the festival lasts. Bamboo stages, specially constructed for the event serve as dance floors on the main road, where DJs blast music from massive loudspeakers. The famous hospitality of the Burmese people is increased tenfold during this period, and you are bound to be invited into homes for food, drink and dancing. Everyone is in great spirits and you'll witness people of all ages joining in. If a laid-back, traditional Thingyan is more your thing, head to smaller towns like Pwin Oo Lyin (about 60km east of Mandalay), where the old-age traditions of paying respect to monks and releasing captive fish into lakes and rivers can be seen. However, even here it is difficult to escape getting wet. You just have to roll with it, and there is no doubt you'll have A LOT of fun!

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I was in Mandalay for Thingyan (Water festival) back in 2005. Everything was closed for this 4 day festival. It was super fun as everyone was throwing water all over the city, biggest water stages and busiest areas were near the Mandalay Palace, which is 2 miles square all around, in the middle of the city.

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If you're planning on going to Myanmar, make sure your trip coincides with the biggest festival of the year, Thingyan. This usually falls between the 13-16 April and celebrates the Burmese New Year; it's also known as the Water Festival. Similar festivals are held in neighbouring countries - Songkran in Thailand and Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia. In Myanmar, the best place to see the action is either in Mandalay or Yangon, where hordes of jeeps and pick-up trucks parade through the streets picking up people as they go. People are armed with buckets and hoses of water ready to douse the passer-by on every street corner. It's truly impossible not to get wet during these few days while the festival lasts. Bamboo stages, specially constructed for the event serve as dance floors on the main road, where DJs blast music from massive loudspeakers. The famous hospitality of the Burmese people is increased tenfold during this period, and you are bound to be invited into homes for food, drink and dancing. Everyone is in great spirits and you'll witness people of all ages joining in. If a laid-back, traditional Thingyan is more your thing, head to smaller towns like Pwin Oo Lyin (about 60km east of Mandalay), where the old-age traditions of paying respect to monks and releasing captive fish into lakes and rivers can be seen. However, even here it is difficult to escape getting wet. You just have to roll with it, and there is no doubt you'll have A LOT of fun!

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