I attended Songkran a few days ago. It’s the Thai New Year’s Water Festival. One word.
Traditionally it is the hottest period of the year. And it started out as a way to cleanse yourself during the new year with water. Now, it’s just an all out urban war. You can’t walk more than 50 feet outside of your house without getting totally soaked. Here’s the layout..
In a “normal” part of the city every 100 ft or so you’ll find a water station. (Basically anywhere that a hose can attach to) And around that water station will be 10-15 people with super soakers, buckets and pails. Anyone that walks down the street or drives by is fair game.
Someone walking down the street towards you… SPLASH..
Someone on a motor cycle… SPLASH..
Someone in a taxi.. SPLASH..
Someone in a Tuk-Tuk.. SPLASH..
Someone in a Bus with the windows open… Yup.. SPLASH..
At bars and nightclubs.. You know the buckets used to hold ice water for bottles of beer and wine.. Not anymore..
The best part is the roving Pickup Trucks. In the back of each of these will be 8-10 people and two or three huge barrels of water. They have their super soaker tubes dunked into the barrels of *ICE WATER* and go around spraying anyone that is within spitting distance.
And that’s a “normal” part of the city. In the more intense parts of the city, it’s every three to five feet that there is someone with a hose with your name on it.
I had a massively great time. I wasn’t quite prepared for it this year, I didn’t have enough zip lock bags to keep my gear in, And I should have worn flip flops and shorts, So my new iPod got trashed. But, I would do it again in a heart beat.
Here are some links.