It’s Friday and Almost Songkran 2011

Friday, sunny and not terribly hot and Songkran is next week. I read this morning that some schools have begun the Songkran celebration with prayers and blessing, so the New Year celebrations are kicking off in Thailand.

Songkran is an important holiday for Thai people, it is observed much  like the Chinese New Year with many returning to their towns and villages to be with family. Most, if not all, business will grind to a halt for the entire week of 11-15 April. Last year I was shocked at the extent of the holiday, from street venders to banks, everyone is on holiday. For tourists in Thailand and Bangkok, do not worry as all hotel, most restaurants and sights are all open.

It’s a fun holiday due to the “play with water”; all of Bangkok is a major water battle. The weather has warmed from a few weeks ago, there are no street protests (unlike 2010) and much of the talk of coups and elections will be put on hold- time to celebrate the New Year.

The First Day of Songkran 2010

 

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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