The modern Songkran celebration has evolved (or devolved depending on your point of view) into a three day water fight. In Bangkok, two of the most popular areas to celebrate Songkran are Silom Road and Khao San Road. In both areas, they close off the streets and people armed with waterguns, buckets, water bottles and firehoses wage a water fight free-for-all. If defending yourself from water attacks weren't enough, there are also people walking around with bowls of white clay that they will smear on anyone and anything.
We decided that we wanted to experience the party at both of these locations so on Wednesday we headed to Silom dressed in old clothing and armed with a waterproof camera. As soon as we exited the MRT station at Silom, we were hit with a wall of sound and water. Each side of the street was packed with vendors who were selling food, water guns, and clay. We spent hours wandering the up and down Silom and Patpong with Megan, being bombarded with water and clay.
|A before picture|
|Looking down on Silom towards Sala Daeng BTS|
|Clay and water for sale|
|On Patpong, they busted out the fire-hoses|
|Doesn't seem like a fair fight.|
|Fun for all ages!|
|Megan looking gangster with her Pooh water gun|
|The aftermath- covered in clay and soaked to the core|
On Thursday we headed over to Khao San Road to meet a group of friends. There were fewer people on Khao San Road than there was on Silom, but that meant there was more room to fire your weapon of choice. This time around, we bought our own water guns so we could participate in the craziness.
We spent most of our time on a street that runs parallel to Khao San Road because we were able to find a street side bar where we could launch sneak attacks on the crowd passing by. After an hour or so of this coupled with our 10 minute water fight with the table next to us, we got kicked out of the bar!
|They didn't allow clay on Khao San Rd, so people discarded their bowls|
|These girls were ruthless. I think they hit us 5 times with ice cold water|
|Guy prepares his Doremon water gun|
|Disturbing doll attached to an ambulance- not sure why...|
|I love my new water gun!|
|Launching an attack on the crowd|
|Mike and Guy refill their guns for the next attack|
Eric and I have both decided that Songkran is our new favorite holiday. How can you not love a holiday where you hang out with friends and spend all day at the world's largest water fight. Can't wait until next year!