Sawadee krup! I had the chance to experience Songkran this year and man, it was so fun.
I have always wanted to experience the festival having seen on TV. Songkran is actually Thailand’s New Year and they celebrate it by throwing water at each other to wash away the bad luck and welcome the new year.
This year, our company decided to have an offsite in Phuket on the first day of Songkran. Brilliant.
The bus ride from the Airport to the Hotel took twice as long as usual as traffic slow to a crawl.
Along the way, the party mood could be felt as happy Thais stood in groups outside their houses and shops and “blessed” every motorist and vehical that passes by. Even though we were dry in the comfort of our bus, they still gamely spray our windows with their waterguns and pails.
As we snail nearer to Patong Beach, the heart of the party, things got wilder. We had pickup full of dancing boyband like guys, tourist and locals engaging water fights and even a caucasian lady doing a sexy dance for our bus. Thinking we needed more to us into party mood too, her partner pulled down her bikini top and flash us some boobies.
The epicenter of the party is at Bangla Road. The whole stretch of bars, nightclubs and pubs were turned into a giant water fighting arena for 1 day. Everyone were just throwing or spraying water at everyone in sight. Even police are not spared. They take it in good spirit and waterproof their walkie-talkies. People would take refuge at the bars and refill beers for themselves and ice water for their waterguns.
And the size of the waterguns available for sale are just so big and badass looking, at half the price of the much smaller gun a colleague had bring along from Singapore.
If you could survived 5m on this road without getting wet, you must have ninja skills. But its all good fun. We had collegues that went into the fun zone with rain coats but the party goers would lift up the rain coats and spray them wet. All of them were drenched in the end. Local police has a strong message for drunk party-goers.
I would love to join Songkran again, maybe next time with two boys and many waterguns.
Special thanks to Kelvin from Daddy NiVleK for lending me the DicaPac WP310 waterproof casing for my camera.