Great Travel Experiences in Thailand and South East Asia
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 23, 2012 10:45 PM Last Post By: keirsek
Feb 23, 2012 1:11 AM
Great Travel Experiences in Thailand and South East AsiaMy latest blog post highlights 15 travel suggestions for Thailand and South East Asia. The places I've seen/things I've done that I think most travelers would enjoy. Blog: MB Abroad .
#2 on the List:
Songkran – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Songkran celebrates the Thai New Year (April 13-15th). According to tradition monks gently pour a mixture of water and Thai fragrance over a person to bring good luck in the coming year. This still happens behind the protected walls of the temples.
On the streets of Chiang Mai it’s every man for himself.
Songkran celebrations can be found throughout Thailand and Laos but nothing comes close to the madness in Chiang Mai. For nearly a week the whole of the old city becomes the world’s biggest water fight. The streets are packed on both sides with people firing water guns and throwing buckets of moat water. The passing cars and scooters are armed as well. Tourists attack with any water they can get their hands on. The Thai people think ahead and ice down garbage cans full of water to give the farangs a frigid shock.
You will get drenched. No part of you will be dry. Do not bring a camera unless it is waterproof. Inside the city walls you are a little safer, but roving bands of Thai kids will probably catch you unaware. After 6 P.M. everyone puts a collective moratorium on the water clash; a time to dry out, eat well, and get ready to do it again when the sun comes up.
Anonymous: Is it wrong that I just used the bum gun to refill?
Me: No! That’s genius, I’ll be right back.
Feb 23, 2012 4:31 AM
Feb 23, 2012 7:13 AM
Feb 23, 2012 7:22 AM
Feb 23, 2012 11:57 AM
4@ state49 I know you don't mean to be so harsh, you've just forgotten your first time !
You live in Thailand and have seen it 1000 times but for holiday makers it can be a very fun and memorable day.
Feb 23, 2012 2:54 PM
5Many westerners have had water fights when they were kids. It is unsual to see adults doing it but it's not something you want to do for a whole week. Songkran is mainly about family, home cooked meals, some drinks, thai music and dancing. The water throwing is a bit of a sideshow which can be fun for a day.
Feb 23, 2012 4:32 PM
Feb 23, 2012 5:08 PM
7Can not say i enjoyed the experience the first time either. Tried numerous times to try to enjoy it. But got tired of having to play war games every time i wished to walk outside. The old tradition at least what i have heard was for the thais to pour a small amount over your head much like a blessing. Now its just turned into a drunken free for all. Finally decided five years ago the best thing to do was just leave until things were back to normal. I know now it was the best thing to do. Head for Malaysia or where ever to escape. What i do wish for is a nice down pour to cool things down and get rid of this smog. Pray for rain !
Feb 23, 2012 6:29 PM
8It doesn't suprise me that Tits doesn't enjoy it or ever enjoyed it.
"According to tradition monks gently pour a mixture of water and Thai fragrance over a person to bring good luck in the coming year."
Or substitute with Talcum powder!
"The best thing to do for songkran is spend a few days with a thai family and eating a feast. That's the real songkran. "
With some Lao Khao?
Feb 23, 2012 10:45 PM
Ko ChangBook now
(3 star Hotel)
From US$41.04 per night
Chiang MaiBook now
(5 star Hotel)
From US$106.78 per night
Ko Pha-NganBook now
(3 star Hotel)
From US$39.68 per night