Happy Songkran 2013
Thai New Year, Songkran Festival, basically the largest water fight in the world. The Central Business District where I am staying has been converted into a water battleground. Giant roadside machines pour foam into the streets, tuk tuks become mobile water tanks, street stalls sell water pistols, 7-11s are used as water refilling stations and shopfronts drag hoses out of the door to terrorise passers-by. This creates the perfect conditions for an absolutely awesome celebration.
Tuk Tuk Water Tank
What has to be the funnest moment of the trip so far everyone gets in on the action. Kids, grandparents, tourists, everyone was pouring, throwing or shooting water at everyone else. Coupled with this was the rubbing of a chalk paste onto your face to wish you a Happy New Year.
Cute Thai kid getting in on the action
How to score a free lunch in Thailand:
Step one: choose a local eatery down a small side street that offers a range of Thai dishes for 25 Baht (approx 80 cents)
Step two: choose which amazing foods you want
Plating up some amazing Thai food
Step three: jump the wrong way in front of a runaway motorbike with trolley attached and get crushed between the trolley and the store next door
15 seconds earlier I was squashed between the trolley and the tables next door
Step four: wash curry and assorted foods off pants and check that no bones are broken
Step five: eat delicious food (using your slightly shakey hands) that luckily was already plated up before the bike hit
Step six: offer to pay but because the owner felt sorry get the food for free