In terms of Songkrans I think we must have set some kind of record because we managed to leave our bungalow, catch a cab to the next village, walk to a restaurant and eat lunch, all without having a single drop of water thrown at us. Our lunch spot was the perfect place to people watch as the locals welcomed in their New Year by throwing water at one another. Crowds lined the pavements, throwing buckets of water on passersby from huge butts which were repeatedly filled by massive tankers - I guess water shortages go out of the window for the day - and pickup trucks rammed with people drove by soaking those on the streets. As with many traditions in Asia, I'm not quite sure how much health and safety played a part in the proceedings as no one was safe from a soaking - drivers on mopeds, people heading to work in shirt and tie and even old grannies were showered with water as the Thais washed away the old year and welcomed in the new one.
|If you're going to go out during Songkran, prepare to be soaked.|
|All ages get involved in the celebrations.|
|First soaking completed.|
|#17 done, with a little help from my new friends.|