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Songkran – Thailand New Year

On April 13, Thailand celebrated it’s well known water festival called SONGKRAN to mark the new year on the Buddhist calendar.
I highly recommend this event to any traveler passing through Thailand in this time. In the north of Thailand, people celebrate the new year for 5 days.  In the Bangkok it lasts for 2-3 days.  In Phuket, however, it is only a one day celebration (which is enough).

We left home at 6 o’clock Saturday travelling to Wat Chalong Temple for sunrise offerings.  I thought that we could maybe see some interesting moments at the temple…. and I was right.

The monks headed departed early that morning to collect offerings from Thai people.

The monks departed early that morning to collect offerings from Thai people

Incense burning - Every person would light a few of these, say a prayer and then enter the temple with a lotus flower as an offering.

Incense burning – People would light a few of these, say a pray and then enter the temple with a lotus flower as an offering

For more photographs, see the photo gallery on my website HERE

We proceed to Phuket Town for some action shots…
Our first stop was next to the road where we saw some kids playing – GREAT opportunity for photos.

A little boy was having the time of his life in a bucket of water, 8 o'clock in the morning.

A little boy was having the time of his life in a bucket of water, 8 o’clock in the morning

A group came by in a side cart and noticed the camera - everyone was so friendly, happy and excited for the day.

A group came by in a side cart and noticed the camera – everyone was so friendly, happy and excited for the day

Tourists driving by got shot with water.  People tried to stay dry with these plastic shirts that you can buy from any 7/11; you got soaked none the less.

Tourists driving by got shot with water. People tried to stay dry with these plastic shirts that you can buy from any 7/11; you got soaked none the less

These boys were trained,  almost everyone that passed them by got wet.

These boys were trained, almost everyone that passed them by got wet

Caught in action; a scooter taxi drove by, he barely missed the water.

Caught in action; a scooter taxi drove by, he barely missed the water

This little girl probably had the most fun of them all. She and her brother kept shooting each other with their water pistols

A truck full of smiling Thai's.

A truck full of smiling Thai’s

Our Thai friend is driving like THAT to his buddy's house around the corner.

This guy drove like THAT to his buddy’s house around the corner

When we frist stopped at my chosen spot to take some pictures;  I crossed the road to ask this man’s permission to take some photos of his children playing with their water guns.  He said yes and invited me into his very simple home to sprinkle some water over his Buddha statues.  After I did that, he gave me two cans of beer and bid me a Happy New Year.

We saw him later again when we were driving down the road.  He picked up his friend and was driving back to his house.

Everyone in Phuket that day had fun.  It didn't matter if you were in a car, on a bike, or walking past, you WILL get blasted with water.

Everyone in Phuket had fun. It didn’t matter if you were in a car, on a bike, or walking past, you got blasted with water

Next stop: Bangla Road, Patong Beach….

We then headed over to the famous Bangla Road in Patong Beach.  The streets were PACKED with people.

We then headed over to the famous Bangla Road in Patong Beach. The streets were PACKED with people

It didn't matter what race you were, what language you spoke or who you were dating; EVERYONE had so much fun!!  I have NEVER seen so many smiles all in one place.

It didn’t matter what race you were, what language you spoke or who you were dating; EVERYONE had so much fun!! I have NEVER seen so many smiles all in one place.

Water guns were available to buy all along the streets of Patong Beach.

Water guns were available to buy all along the streets of Patong Beach

People were really having loads of fun.  This lady was running around, blasting people with water, screaming, laughing - it was such a joy to have a day full of smiles, fun and happiness.

People were really having loads of fun. This lady was running around, blasting people with water, screaming, laughing – it was such a joy to have a day full of smiles, fun and happiness

All sorts of people came together for this fun day.  It was one day in a year that no one judged or cared about what you or others looked like.  Wish every day could be like Songkran.

All sorts of people came together for this fun day. It was one day in a year that no one judged or cared about what you or others looked like. Wish every day could be like Songkran

People were able to reload and fill their guns with water by paying 10 THB to these ladies 'selling' water.

People were able to reload and fill their guns with water by paying 10 THB to these ladies ‘selling’ water

Filling up our gun.

Filling up our gun

Of course the day was not only filled with water, but lots of cocktails and beer was consumed too

Men playing like young boys…..

So, the next time you are planning a trip to Thailand – make sure you are here over the Songkran New Year weekend – you will not be sorry!!!!

For more Songkran water pictures, please visit my website HERE.

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