The Songkran festival is the Buddhist New Year and everyone goes around spraying everyone else with water. My friend flew in to visit and it coincided with the last day of the festival. The good news? She got to experience all the joys of being splashed with water wherever she went. The bad news? Almost all the themed cafes she wanted to visit were closed for the holiday. (RIP Mermaid Cafe)
Thankfully, the Hello Kitty House did not disappoint! It was…quite an experience. I am not anti-girly girl. Far from it. But even I started feeling vaguely ill after spending more than five minutes around all that pink. (Actually, it might also have been a reaction to how sugary everything was.)
It was an experience.
But if Hello Kitty is your friend’s thing, you go to the Hello Kitty themed cafe!
Imagine walking down a crowded city street. Now imagine everyone on that street gleefully shooting you with water guns or tossing buckets of water at your head.
Welcome to the Songkran Festival.
Songkran is the Buddhist New Year and people celebrate by taking to the streets and splashing one another with water. It is a fun but potentially dangerous holiday as many use it as an excuse to drink and generally behave in way they would not otherwise.
My friend and I decided to play tourist and visit a night market. Along the way, we rode in an air-conditioningless bus with open windows. Every time the bus slowed down, someone chucked a bucket of water in our direction! It was cooling and kind of fun, but some of the passengers were less thrilled. At one point, a girl started screaming at the people in the street. They in turn started shouting obscenities back at her.
Nothing like a holiday to bring people together.