Songkran Portal 2009: Everything About Songkran!

Songkran water throwing festival in Thailand (Thai New Year)Every year I do a little collection of links about Thailand’s amazing Songkran festival marking the beginning of the traditional New Year.

This is by far the most links I’ve put together (and without any form of organization to them at all – just a mess of links) on Songkran. If you can make it for Songkran – you must – at least once in your life. It’s really the most fun I’ve ever had and probably you’ll rank it top 10 in your life as well…

Top Songkran Links over the last couple years:

What is Songkran Water throwing festival? (Thai New Years)

Songkran Festival videos >

A little history about Thailand (Songkran blip) >

5 Photos of Songkran Festival >

Another 5 Songkran celebration photos.

Thai Holidays – a list of Thai celebrate annual holidays

How to make yourself squirt… ( make a squirter by yourself)

The Thai concept of “Face” – I watched a man die during Songkran Festival.

Thailand Musing’s, Thai New Year Songkran Festival or Water Festival

My category of Songkran articles I’ve written at this blog.

6 Photos of Songkran, Thailand.

6 More Photos of Songkran Festival.

4 Songkran festival videos and TIPS.

Second Songkran for me in Thailand.

Why Songkran Water Festival (Thai New Year) is the most fun I’ve ever had

Songkran 2007 – Photos, videos, history, firsthand experience, and links

Making a BIG PVC squirter Stick for Songkran

Jason’s Songkran post at Isaanstyle’s Thailand blog

Jason’s article about Thai group wanting to ban alcohol for this 2009 Songkran.

Jason’s article about a fight during 2007 Songkran – guy a with a SWORD!

Jason’s article about traffic deaths during 2007 Songkran

Jason’s post about Thai ladyboys (Katoeys Thais’ call them) during Songkran Festival – link to video

Jason’s video as he rides through Ubon during Songkran

Songkran Pics at The World is Not Flat.

Introduction to Songkran | Thailand Musings

Some history about Songkran from Thailand Musings

Choosing hotels for Songkran – Steve at Thailand Musings

YouTube Videos of Songkran >

Over 16,000 Flickr Photos of Songkran >

6 Photos of Songkran Water Festival, Thailand!

More photos of Songkran Water Festival (6) more photos. I have some videos that I'll upload to my site and later to Youtube when Thailand stops blocking it..

I think I have the largest collection of articles about Songkran. If you follow the link below you will see LOTS of information about Songkran. Many photos. Many videos.  Enjoy!.

Here is a link to all the articles I've written on Songkran (it searches my blog and grabs everything) other articles on Thailand's Songkran Water Festival >

Another 5 Songkran Festival Photos

More photos of Songkran Water Festival (5) more photos. I have videos too  that I'll upload to my site and later to Youtube when Thailand stops blocking it..

I think I have the largest collection of articles about Songkran. If you follow the link below you will see LOTS of information about Songkran. Many photos. Many videos.  Enjoy!.

Here is a link to many other articles on Thailand's Songkran Water Festival >

Songkran Water Festival Photos from Thailand

Here are some photos from Songkran Water Festival, I risked my camera but most everyone was nice and didn't splash me. Some still did, and, well, that's Thailand. I have a lot of these photos, I'll upload them in groups of 4 I think. I'm not sure that Blogger will let me put them all up. Reminds me, I must check what the limit is on server space allowed by Blogger as I must be reaching the maximum.

Pattaya, Expats, Fighting, Songkran

I'm not sure why, but I get about 6 emails on average for every post on this blog and less than one comment!

The hot topics are ones where I talk about bargirls and other crazy stuff. I like to talk about that, but really, I don't see this blog going that way. I want to share a lot of positive about Thailand and not so much negative.  But here I'll share some negative with the hope that some farangs see the hopelessness of fighting a Thai in Thailand.

There's negative and positive here and most of us know what the negative is. But, the more expats that I meet the less I'm reminded that it's positive here too.  Why are so many expats jaded about living here and Thai people and Thai ways. Yeah, we're different. REALLY different. And, different enough that it pisses me off sometimes too. But then I forget it when I remember that I chose to come here and put myself in it. Why gripe about them, I'm the one to blame if I continue to stay here.

I'll repeat my past assertion that Pattaya is a "hole".  It's filled with more derelicts and idiots than I've seen elsewhere in Thailand. It's like where the azzholes gravitate to. I've been here about a week. I thought I'd come to give it another shot as I have had numerous people write in and tell me that it's not so bad, and that I must have just had a bad experience the last 3 times, and whatnot.  I've not stayed for any length of time, before this 5 days was the longest I could stand… This, being a social experiment, I'm taking it slow and with a lot of patience and just watching the goings on.  

I've seen 2 fights in clubs here in the last week. Thais' and farang. What is going through the mind of a farang that wants to fight a Thai person in their own country I couldn't imagine.  I've never seen a farang come out as winner!  NEVER!  Why is that?  I remember about a month ago, maybe 5 or 6 weeks… there was a photo in the Pattaya Mail – or was it the Phuket-gazette?  Hmm, I can't remember, but anyway, there were these HUGE Russian guys that had been fighting with a group of Thais' they were all bloody faced and didn't look so great.

It really doesn't matter how big you are.  Numbers will aways beat brute strength.  Have you seen a few hundred fire ants on beetle or a worm?  That's what a farang -Thai fight reminds me of.  Thais' don't understand a man on man fight. There is no such thing as one-on-one as we all know. They go for the weapons quickly too!  In the states, someone might go for a knife after a little while – when it looks like the other guy might give him a beating. He might go for a knife, a rock, a pen, anything available.

A Thai guy will pull out the knife or break a bottle and go for the neck almost immediately. There's no playing around. If they're fighting, they are trying to kill you.  I've seen them kick a guy in the head so many times that they got tired. 3 guys kicking one guy in the head HARD and bouncing bottles of beer off his skull until they got tired.  He was already cut in the neck and stomach from a broken bottle and was probably either dead or close due to loss of blood – evident all over the sidewalk.  But, they KEPT AT IT until they were exhausted.

I've seen police watch the fight until guys tired and then go talk to them.  They might be killing a guy, but the cops just watch until the excitement has died down – and danger to themselves is somewhat diminished, before they go try to talk to the participants.  Nobody is pulling fighters off each other here – it's just a free for all like pay-per-view until they get tired of killing someone.

I guess I'm writing this now because Songkran is either starting today or tomorrow – depending who you're listening to. I've not ventured outside yet but I'm ready.  I'll wait until it gets really toasty in the room here and then I'll welcome the icy cold water that awaits…

Songkran is a time when the majority of young guys have been drinking all day and night and day and night. They are in the craziest state of mind of the year and there are sometimes conflicts between drunks that end in violent fights. In Songkran there are so many people on the street that if you as a farang choose to be stupid as ALL HELL and fight someone during this time, you'll die for sure.

At the 2nd Songkran I attended last year in Ubon there was a really nasty fight between Thai guys. One guy was dead and the other had serious cuts from a bottle but was able to drag himself under the vertical metal door to his home while the crowd through broken bottles UNDER the metal door into his house where his grandma and a child were (I saw before they shut the metal door).  No telling if the grandma and kid were hurt from that. But, it was an absolute free-for-all fight where I watched a guy die in front of me (30 feet away) as I sat in an open-bed pickup truck with a group of prathom 2 students and their father with front row seats.

Be careful during Songkran – try hard not to offend anyone and not to embarrass people. If someone offers you a drink – you should drink it. Doesn't matter if you don't want their home-brewed Thai whiskey – just drink it to keep everyone smiling – and yourself alive until tomorrow.

4 Songkran Videos: Tips

Ok, I finished editing the few videos I had about Songkran.

Here is a link to the page on my other site that I put the videos on:

Songkran Videos >

One video covers proper Songkran attire.

One shows the Songkran PVC squirter tubes.

One video shows the safe way to squirt someone with the tubes since they ARE technically illegal but you’ll still see quite a few of them. They were banned because they can really hurt the eyes when sprayed in the face. It sucks to get a stream in the eye-ball, I’ll testify to that.

The last video shows the proper way to apply powder to the face of strangers… and an improper way.

Have a look at the videos – they are not on YOUTUBE – so you’ll be able to see them. They are pretty small files and should download fairly quickly with a fast connection.

Have fun at Songkran this year, you know I STILL am not sure which day it starts – tomorrow or Friday…

Songkran Water Throwing Festival, Songkran-ers in Action…

Finally I got around to finding some of my old Songkran photos from a year ago. Some of these were taken in Ubon Ratchathani, and some were taken in Sisaket which is just west of Ubon.

Songkran that year had a HOT three days so the water felt great and I stayed out throwing water for 8-10 hours each day.

This year I’m not so sure. I’m in Pattaya and the days get hot, but not nearly like it was last year. Thais’ say that the days of Songkran are the hottest of the year. We’ll see if that holds true. Today it’s not blistering hot.

Songkran Water Festival Photos > (many, you should have a fast connection to view this page)

Hmm, some confusion about WHEN Songkran actually starts this year. EVERYTHING I’ve seen on the internet says it starts April 13th. But, my friend called this morning from Bangkok and said she thinks it starts TOMORROW! So, I high-tailed it to the internet cafe to upload my old photos and got to work creating some video files of the proper technique for shooting the water guns and applying powder to someone’s face during Songkran festivities.

I’ll post the Songkran festival movie files shortly – when I get them put together in an hour or so…