Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Songkran in Bangkok!!!

Songkran is like Thai new year. This year it falls on 13th to 15th April. Usually, they celebrate it by blessing people with a little water and some talcum powder (like bedak sejuk). Somehow that "little" blessing became a huge scale war!! Day 1 = at Khao San road. The little back alleys at Khao San is quieter and less crowded. You can sit at a cafe (outdoor) and shoot at all the passer by. And free refil of water by the cafe owner. If you sit further inside, you can keep dry to eat your food. Nice place to go if you don't feel like having an all out war!

Shooting passer by is fun! Getting shot by them is also fun.

Night falls, and time to go to Khao San road. The police are on standby here, preparing for chaos. Unfortunately their van is not free from any smudges of talcum!

Preparing for war!!

This is Khao San road and its madness. And remember... people never just throw water at you, its always ICE water! brrrr!!

Day 2 = Pat Pong and Silom area. This place is also madness!! So crowded you hardly have any place to walk. You just have to push through the crowds. And good luck avoiding getting smudged with powder to drenched in ice water - there's simply no place to run! At Pat Pong area. This are was the less crowded place...

People selling water and talcum powder at cut-throat prices. Some places sells ice water even.

In case you're not completely drenched yet, there's a little fire truck to spray water at you!

Let the war begin!

Drive-by shootings at Silom.

I must say that the Thais are really polite. They'll even ask permission before smudging you with talcum, and when they do it, they do it gently...

There's an arms trade going on all along Silom road. Smaller ones costs about 100, medium about 300, and the big stuff about 500! I have mine for sale... who wanna buy?

Day 3 and the rest = stay indoors and try to avoid getting wet. 2 days getting fully soaked for several hours is enough Songkran for me! Next year, I'll try to escape from Bangkok!

1 comment:

catlina7 said...

nat, u x keje ke?jalan2 je? :)har har har...just asking!