Monks and Buddhists erected the framework for the construction of a gigantic sand chedi at Wat Jedlin last month. According to the Chiang Mai temple’s Facebook page, all comers are invited to pour some sand on the multi-tiered, cake-like structure to celebrate Songkran, the most important festival on Thailand’s annual events calendar. The window to enjoy this activity in 2019 is between the 10th and 15th of April.
The building of a sand chedi on the grounds of a temple is a long-standing Songkran tradition in Thailand. Wat Jedlin’s sand structure is always far larger then the average and the temple has become famous in modern times for this. Building sand chedis is one of the more low-key Songkran activities. The best known feature of Songkran is the water-fights staged at locations the length and breadth of the country.
Chiang Mai is one of the preferred Thai cities to enjoy the Songkran Festival and its cooling water-fights. The hub of the battles is the roads around the city moat, and, in particular Thapae Gate. Accommodation is hard to find over Songkran. To ensure the best deals, we recommend pre-booking your hostel, guesthouse or hotel with one of our preferred partners, Agoda and Booking.com.