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Trying to get away from the madness of Songkran

(written on April 15, 2010) Today is officially the last day of Songkran.  I don’t know if Chiang Mai will stop the festivities, but I know that today was my last day of the most insane holiday in the world.  There seemed to be a little less insanity today, maybe fewer people on the streets, or people were just Songkran’ed out, but it was still super fun.

The moats were still full of people filling up their buckets and waterguns and really, they were just full of people.  There’s no difference between swimming and the moat and walking the streets, because the water that you are soaked in is 100% moat water (apparently Chiang Mai does a really good job of keeping the waters somewhat clean and sanitary).  I caught these two boys lounging on an innertube away from the madness.  That’s the way to do it!!

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The most adorable boys who just wanted to smile for the camera!

(written on April 19) Today I explored Pai by motorbike!  It was my first time ever driving a motorbike and it was so much fun.  I got completely lost in the hills and somehow ended up on the road back to Chiang Mai.  After a full day of exploring, I ended up at a waterfall full of small children playing.  It was so much fun to watch the kids jump from immense heights and land in shallow water.  It made me cringe every time, but somehow they survived (I’m sure they’ve been doing it every day since they were born).

I sat atop one of the rocks and shot picture after picture of the boys airborne and landing in the water.  Soon enough, two of them came over and started posing for me.  They were the most adorable little boys and as soon as I would snap a picture, they would run over and check it out, laughing the entire time.  I got some amazing pictures and they got some good laughs!

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A boy in the middle of a water fight

Happened to catch this little boy in the middle of a dangerous water fight!  You really have to be in good spirits for this holiday because let me tell you, getting constantly shot in the face by water, is not fun…until you shoot back!

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A young monk participating in Songkran

This is the one picture I wanted: a monk with a water gun.  Oh and I got it, amidst a fight with the said monk.  It was hilarious and so cute at the same time.  A few of them were timidly gathered by the moat, successfully filling up their water guns and buckets.  I of course let him shoot first and he also was not quite shooting when I took this picture, or he was shooting, but not exactly at me, definitely more of a pose just for the picture!  He was quite respectful of my naked camera!

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The wild party that is Songkran

Songkran is Thailand’s New Years (it is also celebrated in Cambodia and Laos as well).  It is three days, traditionally celebrated April 13-15, of an intense water fight.  Most shops are closed.  Everyone stops what they’re doing to pick up a water gun or a bucket and soak the person next to him.  Needless to say, this is the most insane holiday that I have ever encountered and why it has not been picked up by other countries is beyond me. 

I arrived to Chiang Mai early this morning and was informed that in Chiang Mai, the place to be for Songkran, the holiday starts early and that I better be prepared when I left the house for breakfast. 

It was a long day of being soaked, I didn’t grab a water gun yet so I had no way of defending myself, but it was a great day to just observe and plan my attack for the next day.

It was ABSOLUTELY insane!!!

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