There were a few items on our 6-month Asian backpacking itinerary that were just unnegotiable. One of them was spending Christmas and New Year's in Thailand. The other was visiting South Korea. We never even considered beginning our trip anywhere else other than Nepal--we wanted to dive right into this magical country headfirst, and we loved it.
Possibly the most unnegotiable item on our list was spending Songkran (Thai New Year) in Thailand.
Songkran is a 3-day party extravaganza of water fights and cheap beer...AND SO MUCH FUN.
Ever since we threw tomatoes at Tomatina in Spain a few years back, we vowed to also make it to Songkran one year.
After a lengthy flight from Tokyo, we were back in Bangkok ::siiiigh:: it felt great to be in a familiar place. We were reunited with our favorite street cafe, our favorite pad thai stand and our favorite fruit stand again.
Only this time, the walk to these places was like a total warzone! The first morning I ventured out to get coffee. I was worried I would get soaked already but Christian 'assured' me that it was too early for the festivities to begin...and then I walked back 30 min later soaking wet (but with coffee!).
Oh IT IS ON. Slurp, finish our coffee, change into bathing suit and "get wet" clothes, find some water guns and we were right smack dab in the middle of Thai New Year craziness on Khao San Road.
It was amazing.
I felt like a kid!
I giggled like a kid!
It was too much fun.
And just like that, Songkran became some of our most favorite days of our ENTIRE trip.
Planning on going next year? Songkran is every year from April 13th-15th for complete water fighting madness...get that waterproof camera ready ;)