At the hottest time of year, any excuse to get wet is a good one, and in Myanmar there’s no better reason than to celebrate Thingyan. Traditionally a new year’s festival to herald the rainy season and ensure a good harvest, Thingyan brings dancing and typical festivities, but the main event is the countrywide water fight. While it’s a joyous tradition, be warned – the Burmese are ruthless when it comes to the ritual dousing, and they take no prisoners, unless you happen to be pregnant or a monk. Even then, there are no guarantees.
Getting soaked by a crowd of water-flinging locals is completely free.