You know when Songkran is coming around when the shops start selling lurid shirts like these …
It looks as if I will be spending Songkran at the GF’s village up in Khon Kaen …that should be “interesting”. We will be driving up with her sister, so I insisted we leave before the holiday rush out of the city. Bangkok becomes relatively deserted as everybody from the provinces heads home for the 5 day holiday, but the roads become absolute nightmares. The main highways become clogged with traffic, which leads to people taking dangerous risks to make up time. Every year hundreds of people die on the roads of Thailand during the Songkran holiday, and under the way they count the road tally here you are only a casualty if you die at the scene or soon after. If you die of your injuries a couple of weeks later you are not part of the official Songkran road toll, or otherwise it would be even higher.
Bangkok at Songkran turns into the world’s biggest water fight, but the GF tells me that things will be more traditional in the village ….making merit at the temple, paying respects to the elders of the village etc but I’m sure that as almost certainly the only farang in the village I will be a target for any of the kids with water !
Songkran is the best!
I drove from Bangkok to Phuket last year (we had a wedding to attend and my wife was too pregnant to fly) and the driving was as bad as I’ve seen in Thailand.
What’s worse is the flour and water being liberally launched at my windscreen with shouts of ‘farang, farang’. This year I plan to tool up with the biggest SuperSoaker money can buy and give the kids on my mooban the good news.
Have a great holiday mate 🙂