Songkran Festival went down back on April 13th. I went out to Patong on Thursday the 12th and it outta control. The festival is solely based around a huge water fest. What was originally intended to be pouring a small amount of water over Buddhaâ€™s head or other peoplesâ€™ heads as a symbol of cleansing has turned into all out water wars. They even just haul out the fire truck and spray down everyone in the streets. Every bar has huge tubs filled with water, and if youâ€™re smart youâ€™re armed with a proper water gun. Soi Bangla is the main road in Patong and it was filled with people left and right for about a quarter mile or so. So, after the water fight was winding down, I headed back to Phuket Town and proceeded to shower up and then go back out for the evening. Went to a bar called Oasis to watch my friendâ€™s band play, and sure enough the entire bar turned into a water fight around the strike of midnight. Soaked again! Then I headed down to one of my favorite areas which is called PoonPon. Itâ€™s a sketch kinda area and the biggest draw is the fact that the beer gardens stay open until 5 am and they are filled with people essentially right up until that hour. I went over to Jameâ€™s Garden after Oasis, and somehow managed to continue drinking 100 Pipers.
At this point, the suggestion from my friend to go to Nai Harn Beach to watch the sunrise sounded like a perfect plan. And it was, except for the result of the whole nightâ€™s excursion, which was having a terrible hangover, and being sunburned like a lobster cause it was overcast and tricked me into thinking I wasnâ€™t taking on any sun, additionally I was too wasted to remember key items like sunblock, boardshorts, a towel, sunglasses, and basically everything that any average job would bring to the beach. Oh well, I recovered nicely and it made for one helluva evening.