Well, I ended up going over to Chinatown with my friend. It did n’t seem as crowded as last year, perhaps because we spent a lot of time down the back alleys away from the crowds.
Even though she is not Chinese-Thai, my friend wanted to make merit at as many temples as she could find …and there are plenty of wats in Chinatown. Perhaps one of the most quintessential “Asian” temples in Bangkok is Wat Mongkorn …think chanting monks, golden Buddhas and other statues, and clouds of incense smoke, then triple that as it was New Year and an auspicious time for hordes of worshippers to make merit.
It was down one of the back alleys that we stumbled across a small temple absolutely filled with Buddhas and Chinese figurines, and one of the best lion dances I’ve ever seen going on outside. At one point the 2 lions were 3 persons high and chasing each others tails in circles at high speed !
Well that is 2 New Years gone, and another (Thai New Year) coming up in about 7 weeks, with all the madness and insanity that is Songkran.