The biggest water fight in the world.

15 Apr

They call the day songkran, which is Thai New Year, and by the Thai calendar yesterday they were celebrating the first day of the year 2053 – shit the last 44 years went quick for me. For Songkran the whole country shuts down to celebrate and have a water fight. It doesn’t matter if your wearing nappies and crawling or if you have false teeth and use a walking stick, everyone gets into it.

Most people have a water gun, but the seasoned professionals arm themselves with hoses, talcum powder, and buckets of iced water. Trucks drive around with armies of dancing people in the back soaking people from the massive water buckets. Like an African nation in civil war there are road blocks along the road where passing trucks are made to pull over so the occupants can be washed down and have their faces smeared with a colourful paint by a smiling Thai person exclaiming “happy new year”.

I only took 3 photos from the whole day as my camera wasn’t waterproof, and telling someone to not throw water on you because your holding a camera doesn’t work. It was funny seeing travellers that had just arrived, obviously oblivious that it was Songkran. As they are carrying their suitcases through the streets and are NOT appreciating getting soaked by the drunken revellers. The poor travellers must have thought they had landed on some kind of island that’s a mental institution. The funny thing is that the more someone says don’t get me, the more they get soaked.

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4 Responses to “The biggest water fight in the world.”

  1. crystal edge April 15, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    hey brother,
    I am so glad to hear that all is well, considering the news that is coming out about riots in Bangkok. I guess that Mandy has been busy b/c she hasn’t responded to my recent posts to her facebook profile. I also sent her 3 emails regarding taxes…so tell her to check her regular email account for those, if you don’t mind. That first photo of you and the gun reminds me a bit of your Columbia photo op! Were you a trained killer in a previous life????

    • Hap April 19, 2009 at 10:32 am #

      Haha, I sometimes get mistaken for a navy seal, I think its the massive biceps and clean cut apperence!

      Island internet is constantly down, and the island electricity blew out my 2nd laptop charger! so have been inactive for a while on the internet scene, and where we are located on the south of the island is quite expensive, so its a hike to go to the main part of the island for cheaper internet. But will get onto her, I know she appreciates you sorting out her taxes for her, hopefully she will get some money back and we can prolong our travels.

      love to the family.

      NBL Hap

  2. sis April 17, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    hey bro

    hope the study goes well, and life on the island is treating ya well…have u decided what come next?

    hi to mandy.

    jx

    • Hap April 19, 2009 at 10:28 am #

      Sup sis,
      Yeah got a few options on the go, currently in the midst of applying for Antarctica, so should have more of an idea in a couple of weeks.
      You looking forward to the Bday, will call you at Aunty J’s on Saturday and will talk then.

      NBL Hap

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