Songkran Festival - Thai New Year)
13.04.2011 - 16.04.2011 35 °C
Patong, although not very far distance wise from Kata is worlds away in terms of its attitude. It's similar to the Gold Coast in QLD Australia. Lots of fake boobs, loud night clubs, drinking and debauchery. We decided to come here because of Songkran and to be honest it felt like Gold Coast on acid. For Songkran the whole place goes into water fight mode for 3 days.
The first night we though we'd go check it out without water pistols - no one cared that we were unarmed and we came back drenched. The second night we were armed with supersoaker 2000's. The Thai's seem to have no regard for their own safety, there are kids on motor bikes driving with one hand wielding a water pistol in the other, many are on the back of trucks and a drum full of water and 8-10 Thai's chucking buckets full onto any one they pass. Anyone on the street has a water gun and people regardless of age or culture shoot at each other. The Thais on the street sell ice cold water refills for .30c and if you can't find somewhere to refill there are always fountains.
There is one main street where it turns from everyone squirting each other to all out mayhem! There are bars on either side with Thai girls/lady boys dancing - clothing optional (and it's VERY hard to tell which is which). Everyone has a bucket of water or a fully loaded supersoaker aimed at each other and some have white powder or red paint that they wipe on your face which is traditionally supposed to be worn until it is rinsed off. There are many dj's cranking along the street and at the end there is a dj in a box, sat on top of scaffolding.
Drinking in the street is fine and there is no charge for listening/dancing to the dj. We got our groove on with some of the Thais and they were more than friendly - to the point where Josh thought maybe they were going to pickpocket us. But that never happened, I think they were just a bit excited. As usual there were a few westerners who had indulged a bit too much - giving the rest of us a bad name - but all in all it was good fun.
Thai women are an interesting bunch who seem to embrace their 'ping pong' culture. - In our lobby there is brochure saying that if you're having trouble getting a Thai lady to join you overseas they will sort out their Visas for you - 'even if they are a bar girl' I tell you it is all class here! and if you're planning on taking one home - you'de better do the 'reach around' because the lady boys are very convincing - I can't tell who is and who isn't. Who can blame any of them though - its more or less their only ticket out of here.