Coming back through Bangkok, we’d managed to time it so that we had a morning there during Songkran Festival. The Thai new year festival is most famous for its water fights. Anyone out and about in Thailand during the 3 days of the festival will get drenched and covered in chalk.
As it were, we only had a half day before we had to go to the airport to get our long flight to Australia. But we couldn’t miss out! Catching the sky train to Silom, we armed ourselves with a dinosaur water pistol and headed into the chaos.
The party at Silom is family friendly, with alcohol banned. Nonetheless it is completely crazy and the sheer volume of people was astounding. Within minutes we were drenched, covered in chalk and our skin was dyed from our non colourfast clothing. At one point a young man came up to me and tipped a bucket of ice water over me. I was fishing ice from my bra for some time after that.
Everyone gets involved and the atmosphere is one of sheer jubilation. When fire engines turned up I was a little worried for a minute, but they only proceeded to connect their hose to a hydrant and spray the cheering crowd.
Having already checked out of the hotel we couldn’t shower, but did our best to dry off before our flight. All the way to Australia we were finding bits of chalk in our hair, reminding us of the awesome time we had. We’ve made a pact to do the full festival at some stage in the future.