Okay, so my title is a bit of an exaggeration. No, not the Songkran part, the picture. Just this past week, on April 13th, the Thai New Years Songkran Festival went on in all its awesome glory.
What I exaggerated about was the no pictures. The past two years (read about them here and here) I strived to get some pictures somehow despite the massive amounts of water being thrown at me at any time. I promised myself each year while I wrote my blog posts about the happy occasion that I would finally get/borrow a waterproof camera like a GoPro or something. Well for the third year in a row, this is the one thing I have flaked on AGAIN! Sometimes I just frustrate myself. (If anyone here in Phuket wants to lend/give me one for next year let me know! Help! Haha)
This year, we had an awesome group of friends joining us in our escapade to get as wet as humanely possible in one day. We had a couple of friends from Bangkok here visiting and about 7 others that are Phuket expats and locals.
We loaded up our truck with two (cleaned and sanitized) garbage bins, laid down some non-slip deck matting on the truck bed floor and packed up some rehydrating drinks and delicious snacks. Oh, and of course our WATER GUNS!
We made our way to the Rawaii/Nai Harn area of the island which is one of the areas of Phuket island that is allowed to have the water fights. To keep the whole island safe and keep drunk driving and water usage down, the island has designated areas where the water fights are allowed to proceed.
We drove around, going slowly and throwing water and getting water thrown at us for the next few hours. There were moments of torrential water being poured over us and moments of ICE COLD water being thrown at us (YIKES), but no matter the temperature of the water or the amount, we all had an awesome time!
I am going to share my photos that I took before we entered the water-y area… and maybe next year I will actually take some photos of the actual water fights (GoPro anyone?!?! Bueller… Bueller… hahah).
We all trundled back to our house after the water fights to have a delicious BBQ done perfectly by Chad and some swimming (we needed more time in the water apparently) until the night came to an end.
We always enjoy Songkran and are already looking forward to next year.
Now it’s your turn! Would you enjoy a huge city/country-wide water fight to celebrate the New Year? Leave a comment and let’s chat!