|The beauty of Chiangmai from way up high.|
Friends. Shopping. Experiencing a festival unlike any other.
These were all things that were going through my head when I was first invited on the #AABCSongkranAdventure last month. What I didn't expect, was to spend half of the trip dripping with water, while having even more ice water thrown at me - and loving every minute of it!
Confused? Well, every story must start from the beginning I guess:
|First dinner in Chiangmai - straight to the point!|
Once upon a time (aka April 2015), I was flown to Chiang Mai, Thailand by Air Asia, with my fellow Air Asia Blogger's Community friends, Charlotte, Joel, and Henry. Leading the pack, the toughest of the tough, bravest of the brave, craziest of the crazy:
|KA MEI!! Look at her chugging that tom yam!|
|Our hotel room at Duangtawan Hotel|
|The way the windows to our hotel rooms were designed, the sunset actually reflects off a different window facing another direction (smaller photo).. So beautiful!|
|The optimistic bunch...|
|You will not get "sprinkled" with water. I am not kidding when I say you'll be dripping as if you just climbed out of a swimming pool fully-clothed!|
|Super happening Air Asia water station - non-stop water, rave music, and throngs of people!|
|But we definitely had tons of fun!|
It. Is. Madness.
Children, adults, locals, tourists, shop owners, staff members - the streets are lined with people armed with huge water guns, with big pails filled with water and blocks of ice to pour onto passersby. No one is safe, except for the elderly and monks. Even toddlers sit inside buckets or little inflatable swimming pools to join in the fun.
|No one is safe..|
|Air Asia Water Station, and Miss Songkran beauty pageant|
|Strange creatures come out to play..|
|Super yummy and cheap Thai food at Blue Mango near Tha Pae Gate!|
Here's a checklist of the essentials of Songkran:
- Slippers / flip-flops - the less slippery the better, and remember, they will get soaked through so sneakers not advisable. I bought mine for 160 baht.
- Comfortable clothes - Shorts for both guys and girls, bikinis under a comfortable top seem your best bet. My bikini cost 350 baht.
- Sunblock - April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand
- Transparent waterproof bag for your handphone - you'll wanna take pix! 45 baht.
- Waterproof bag - for other belongings, but you don't wanna take too much to war! 60 baht.
- Water guns - you can buy these in Thailand, our big ones cost about 300baht each
- Plastic goggles - optional, but I did get shot in the eye once, and it hurt like hell
- Your fun side - as long as your ready for a few days of fun, you're set!
Nothing can prepare you for the amount of water you will encounter, nor the amount of fun you will have until you experience it yourself. When they say you must try Songkran before you die, they really mean it! So if anything else is on your bucket list, put it on hold and go to Thailand next April for the biggest Ice Bucket Challenge cum Water Rave Party you will ever see! I'm definitely planning to go again - maybe I'll see you there!
|Can you tell I'm obsessed?|
Currency: Thai Baht (current exchange rate 11.35 for 100 baht)
Weather: April & May are the hottest months of the year - best time to get wet!
Time Zone: GMT +7 (aka one hour behind Malaysia)
Language: Thai (some English)
Electricity: 220V, 2 pin plug
Tip: The more sour-faced you look during Songkran, the more you will get splashed.
How To Get There:
Air Asia flies 2 x daily from KL to Chiang Mai, and 12x daily from Bangkok
Flight duration from KL - Chiangmai: 2 hours 35 minutes
For more photos, check out my Instagram @CalistaLeahLiew, or the hashtag #AABCSongkranAdventure, or even my Facebook page!
Love of a Mermaid,