Celebrations got underway in Chiang Mai as monks and tourist did battle with water guns and other receptacles.

Yes they were a day earlier as they began the water fights on Wednesday as impatience got the better of them.

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The tourists from Europe and China did not hold back as they splashed each other or dispensed jets of water from their weapons of choice, whether it was a gun or bucket.

Drivers however were not so happy, for the unexpected premature start to the celebrations caused tailbacks and jams.

As well as the hilarity, a local abbot gave blessings as he wished everyone a happy New Year.

Other monks got involved with the dispensing of water and even local police got into the swing of things.

Tell us where you are for Songkrang, assuming you are enjoying the celebrations in traditional ways.

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