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    Happy Thai New Year: SONGKRAN สวัสดีปีใหม่ : สงกรานต์

    ขอให้ทุกวันตลอดปีนี้เป็นวันนี้แสนดี และขอให้ทุกความหวังของเธอกลายเป็นความปรารถนา และทุกปรารถนานั้นขอให้พลันเป็นจริงสุขสันต์วันปีใหม ่นะ!

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  • #2
    Happy Songkran from Maison Cou Rouge!!!!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ehp View Post
      Happy Songkran from Maison Cou Rouge!!!!!

      Oh, I just have to say that I love this.... Remember to keep it up till April 15th! Celebrations goes on for 3 full days.
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      • #4
        The Water Festival is also being celebrated in Burma as Burmese New Year. It is very much in the same style as the Songkarn in Thailand. It is the main holiday and lasts for an entire two weeks (1/2 Moon cycle).

        Offices shut down already on Tuesday, but the main parade is held today Wednesday. Most offices will remain shut until next Thursday, with some businesses remaining closed for the entire fortnight.

        I got to participate in an early New Year party at the Client's office on Monday before they shut down. Here is a few pics from that Garden Party by Inaya Lake:






        I did get drenched, but managed to give back some to.

        Stands were erected along main roads but, as the new Government has banned the traditional telling of jokes (Thangyat) this year, it may be a somewhat subdued affair. They are afraid that the jokes will be on them and may stir up the population again.

        Here is a link to a website with that news: http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-b...-thangyat.html

        More about Yangon and Myanmar (Burma) in a new thread later.
        Last edited by ombugge; April 13th, 2011, 11:10.

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        • #5
          Appreciate that post ombugge, and looking forward to your new thread.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Seagull View Post
            Appreciate that post ombugge, and looking forward to your new thread.
            But first I have to show you a couple of places in another part of S.E.Asia that is even more "exotic" than Yangon; West Papua and the Moluccas.

            It has been a nostalgic few weeks for me lately. In the end of February I was in Shanghai, a place I haven't visited for 50 years (except the Airport and driving by on the way to other towns in the Yangtze delta) That I have already reported on in the Ports of the World thread.

            Then in the end of March I went to Fak Fak in West Papua, via Ambon in the Moluccas. Both places I had not been to for 40 years.

            After a couple of days home I was off to my favourite large city in S.E.Asia, Yangon. I have been there many times over the years, but it has been a long time since I had time to do any "sight seeing".

            This time, because of the New Year celebrations and an afternoon flight home, I actually got the driver to take me to places I used to visit earlier.
            I even had time to walk around the famous main street, "The Strand". Now nearly deserted, with the former Government buildings boarded up.
            I was actually in Yangon a week after the sudden move of the seat of Government took place and even took some pictures as it looked then.

            I also visited the old "Stand Hotel", now back to her former glory. Lots of pictures from there to come.
            Last edited by ombugge; April 13th, 2011, 12:50.

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            • #7
              Did you get to go to Shwedagon Pagoda? Oh, how I want to go back!!! But I wonder if I can, now that the blog is banned!!!!!

              Can not wait to see your photos!

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              • #8
                Our member Haakon also has a blog, as some of you may know, and he is apparently also out celebrating some Thai New Year:

                http://sholaisenphotography.blogspot...nglamphoo.html
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                • #9
                  Happy Thai New Year!

                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  • #10
                    Just proves that the people of Thailand know how to have fun more than just about anyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                    • #11
                      Happy Songkran to everyone!!! More pictures coming on my blog soon...


                      Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                      Our member Haakon also has a blog, as some of you may know, and he is apparently also out celebrating some Thai New Year:

                      http://sholaisenphotography.blogspot...nglamphoo.html

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                      • #12
                        More pictures from Songkran in Ayutthaya can be seen on this link: http://sholaisenphotography.blogspot...ayutthaya.html

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ehp View Post
                          Just proves that the people of Thailand know how to have fun more than just about anyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                          The most important thing to any Thai is to have "sanook" (meaning fun). And yes, they sure know how to enjoy life.

                          Originally posted by Haakon View Post
                          More pictures from Songkran in Ayutthaya can be seen on this link: http://sholaisenphotography.blogspot...ayutthaya.html
                          Thanks Haakon.

                          Knowing how hard it is to take good pictures during such a wet festival, I certainly appreciate seeing your photographs. Stay safe, don't drink (too much) and try avoid getting the typical post-Songkran-flue.
                          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                          • #14
                            Re: Happy Thai New Year: SONGKRAN สวัสดีปีใหม่

                            Happy Thai New Year (last week) to all my Thai friends!

                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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