Songkran

Trip Start Jan 18, 2013
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Trip End Jul 08, 2013


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Flag of Thailand  , Ko Tao,
Saturday, April 20, 2013

Apologies to any avid followers (if you do actually exist and mummy's not lying) for the lack of entries recently. I haven't given up, we've just been so all-go that it's been hard to find the time. That and the fact that the heat makes me very lethargic and reluctant to sit and stare at a screen. Another factor, ( yes I am making excuses) is that during Songkran (Thai new year and annual water festival) it was totally unsafe and stupid to remove any electronic equipment from the safety of a water-tight container. From 12-15th everyone and everything in the whole country was completely soaked. I've never experienced such a mad event, and the joke just didn't seem to wear off as people continued to drench one another with pistols, buckets, barrels etc. for the entirety of these crazy four days. Advised that Chiang Mai was the best place to be for it, we decided to return there on the 12th following a brief 2 day excursion to Pai a small but popular chill-out 'hippy' town 3 hours from CM. We were amongst thousands of westerners and Thais knee-deep in water as we lined the streets around the city moat, dancing and enjoying the foam and water being sprayed in every direction. Even a brief nip down the street from our guesthouse to the local shop was enough to come back dripping wet. Fortunately the weather was so hot that the water was often appreciated, even if it was straight from an ice bucket as so often it was! There was such a great atmosphere, everyone in really good spirits and having fun. Nevertheless we were keen to get dry again when we took an overnight train down to Bangkok on the 14th. This was not to be the case, and when we stepped off the train we were once again doused with water.

Meeting up with some Radley boys was reassurance of how well we are doing at sticking to a tight budget and it was amusing for us to compare their choice of smart hotels and fancy restaurants with our shabby hostels and cheap street food. Two very different ways of travelling yet bizarrely we weren't all that envious of theirs. Bangkok was a much better experience second time round due to a completely different location of hostel and we came away with a more positive impression of the city. Next stop the island of Koh Tao.
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