Thousands of Myanmar migrant workers crowded a border checkpoint in Tak’s Mae Sot district on Thursday morning as they returned home for the Songkran holidays.

The workers – most of whom travelled from Bangkok and other provinces where they work and stay – stood patiently in a queue longer than 300 metres to go through the immigration procedure.

Songkran Festival, from April 11-17, is also celebrated in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.


Many Cambodian workers – many of whom only return home once a year during Songkran – also got on board public transport vans from Pathum Thani’s Rangsit area on Thursday to spend the long holidays with their families and relatives in Cambodia.