Thai New Years
10.04.2016 - 17.04.2016
One of the ways the Thais celebrate their New Years is with a three day-long water fight. I went to Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand to experience it, and it was absolutely crazy! Everyone participates, young and old, willing and reluctant. I couldn't walk anywhere without getting a bucket of water dumped on me. The only way to do Songkran is to fully embrace being wet for three days, but it felt good in the 106 degree heat.
Here is a video I found on YouTube that shows what it is like:
I got a water gun, protective plastic bag for my phone, and joined the fight with a bunch of friends from Thammasat
We soon observed that the Thais don't dump water on your head or spray it near food, however they will totally spray you from behind and even splash water on motorcycle drivers and in through the windows of cars. There is no mercy for people wearing ponchos trying to stay dry, or for street-side shop owners and their merchandise. It was madness and so much fun!
Before Songkran I visited Pai, a small town in the north.
Lod Cave (a river runs straight through the mountain)
Trail at Pai Canyon
A beautiful sunset from the Pai Circus Hostel
After Songkran I did a day trip to Chiang Rai to see some beautiful, and very different, temples.
The White temple
Black House (not actually a temple but a museum)