I missed the first day of Songkran, had to work in Malaysia. Day 2 was very fun, Bangkok seemed to be one giant water “fight”.
Water "fights" with passing cars and a truck loaded with water "fighters"
Most Thais say “play with water” and that is more correct than the term fight- the splashing of water on one another is generally done via squirt gun, hence the “fight”. But, there is no fight, it is all very happy, very wet and very fun.
It is hard to describe, the street in the above photo is wet from the water fights, not rain. You walk down a street, people in the back of cars will splash you with water, bars are packed with squirt gun wielding patrons. The small streets can be one massive water fight. And this isn’t for kids, this is all adults having a great time. And it isn’t all foreigners- not at all; it is mostly Thai’s having a great, great time.
Off to enjoy Day 3, the last day of the water fights.
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. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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Brilliant, looks like great fun.
Wow! I missed this festival so bad!! (Thai in Farang-land)