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The Thai New Year Songkran festival in Chiang Mai is a wild water-throwing party that draws many colourful revelers onto the streets, including this grinning ‘ladyboy’ who was delighted to flash her false teeth.

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asia, chiang mai, festival, gay, new year, painted, smile, songkran, thailand

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit cavelodge.com). I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelalmost 5 years ago

    A great catch, John!

  • Thanks Cora..an extroverted subject made it easy

    – John Spies

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellalmost 5 years ago

    Terrific shot, John! Thank you for sharing this fascinating culture with us, otherwise we would never realize it existed!

  • Thais love to party, and are lots of fun.

    – John Spies

  • Dave Lloyd
    Dave Lloydalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful. Songkran is one of my favourite times here. Can be tough on the camera though :)

  • Certainly can. Last one i used a small olympus waterproof camera and had a great stress-free water riot….

    – John Spies

  • liamcarroll
    liamcarrollabout 3 years ago

    really enjoyed looking through your portfolio and learning of your story,I have great memories of my time in mae hon son and chang mai……all the best

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