Songkran 2012 Patong Phuket Thailand

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Songkran is thailands new year. In this old tradition, people poor water over their buddha figures to clean them from the rest of the past year. In todays times the celebration changed more to a wild party. Especially in bigger towns and touristic areas.
Maybe it is a loss of old tradition and respect, but . . . Yes - it is fun! The thai people are really getting loose and they know how to party. There is no way to escape the "water fight". Everybody is getting soaking wet. The water party goes on the whole day and calms down a bit in the evening. Not so on Bangla Road in Patong. The tourists keep on going till late in the night. That means if you want to go out for dinner, and you want to stay dry, you will have better chances if you avoid Bangla Road or even better you wear a raincoat. Otherwise you sit in the restaurant completely wet. For me this felt a bit annoying. Because after walking arround with wet clothes for about 10 hours, you really need a break. The thai people know when to stop, not so the tourists. But Songkran is not the time for complaining. So you got to take whatever comes to you. And this will be water, water and again water! At the end it was a great party for us. We enjoyed it.
See also Songkran 2013 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3WvIk_scQ8