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New Year in Savannakhet is more than splashing water...


Happy New Year

April 12-14 marks the lunar New Year throughout the region. In Thailand, the Songkran festivities can get rather boisterous and out of hand, as groups of people on pick-ups cruise the streets, hurling buckets of water and flour bombs at each other.

Tradition starts early
Michel Guntern

Although everybody expects to get a soaking in Savannakhet too, the Lao take the bathing of Buddha statuettes more seriously, and tour the various wats, or temples, to perform the rituals.

The children then collect this water to anoint each other.

Asia Index

Nomadic Gatherings - Travels in Asia and Australia

Travel on trains and buses in Asia, then jump into cars with complete strangers in Australia and New Zealand as Michel introduces you to a collection of characters that bring Nomadic Gatherings to life.

If you can't afford to buy a copy of Nomadic Gatherings, the chapters are slowly being made available online - for free.

You may even decide that it really is worth having a hard copy in your hands; a useful read for those long bus journeys being written about, and for endless waits at ferry ports.

Nomadic Gatherings - Online Chapters.

Find out more about Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, The Middle East, and The Americas.
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