Celebrating New Year In Thailand, My Pics From Songkran 2009
By Ralf Skirr.
My friends warned me never, never, ever to visit Thailand in April – of course I didn’t listen.
So why did my friends warn me?
Because in April the Thai people celebrate the New Year. They call it “Songkran” and funnily it’s not celebrated on the same day in the whole country, but the party moves through the country over the course of several days.
The ‘problem’ with Songkran is that people party several days with THROWING WATER at people. Seriously, you can’t get out of your apartment for 10 minutes without getting soaking wet…
Here are the pictures:
This is Pattaya’s Walking Street at April 18, 2009, a few hours before the official beginning of Songkran. The water is not from rain, but from people partying.
No matter whether you’re pedestrian, riding a motorbike or driving a car, you’ll always get wet.
Ready – Fire – Aim…
Waiting for the next victim…
Well, let’s cool her down a bit…
No mercy. With dedication she pours approximately 1.5 litres right into the poor guy’s face. :-)
Open window in your car?
Back in my room late at night. The white stuff is something people put in your face wishing you a ‘happy new year’.
Next day, April 19, the party continues on beach road with thousands of people partying.
A closer look at beach road. No cars allowed today.
What? Even the monks throw water…
Woah, Bad Ass Warrior….
One of my German friends and 3 strange strangers under ATTACK!!!
Look closely – the air is filled with water.
We arrived at a save spot.
Making pictures wasn’t easy at Songkran, because I had to watch out for water coming at me (and the camera) all the time.
I’ll be back in Thailand in late June, July and August; I’m sure to post new pictures then.
The moral of this post: if you want to travel or work from the nicest places on earth, make sure to build an internet business. It’ll give you all the freedom you long for.