Back in November I posted a photograph of a sign near Thapae Gate in central Chiang Mai. It was a Thaksin-era billboard and, back then, a reader informed me that the sign had been removed since the coup.

Recently it has been replaced by a public announcement from the Chiang Mai city fathers asking locals to send in their Songkran snapshots .

Thapae Gate

This photograph was sent to me by a regular New Mandala reader – thanks for your help!

On this note, New Mandala would like to wish all our readers a safe and happy Songkran and Thingyan. We would also like to extend a big thanks for all of the provocative, interesting and important contributions that have been made over the past year. And please do remember that Andrew and I are always happy to hear from you. Our contact details are available here.

Best wishes to all!