Partying for 4 days straight is tough for us 30 somethings. Last year I managed it fairly well, but this year Songkran almost broke me.
Songkran, as you may well know, is the yearly Thai New Year Water Festival. I wrote a post about it last year, so if you want to know more about the festival itself take a look here.
Songkran last year in Chiang Mai is when I met my boyfriend, so I was really excited that he was coming out for a week to celebrate with me in the same place. But the poor thing, he landed the day before it started and was basically jet lagged for the whole event 🙁
I also knew lots of other friends that happened to be congregating in Chiang Mai for the festival, not to mention our local favourites we met last year, so I knew it would be even more hectic than last year, trying to catch up with everyone!! I didn’t get to see everyone in the end but I loved bumping into old & new friend every now and again 🙂
Anyway, we managed to get to a usual height of partying during the HUGE street party near Tha Phe Gate on day 1 (video coming soon!), a whole day of drinking Sangsom Whiskey at Deejai’s Garden on Day 2, and then ending the shenanigans with a banging evening on Day 3 up at our new favourite haunt in the old town near Tha Phe Gate; Big Daddy’s, and it’s awesome South African owners Damian & Jamie! We were there until ….ummm maybe 4 (!!) then decided to go to the most disgusting, scummy, den of a club called Spicy’s (I blame my Thai friend Nid!).
Now let me try and describe how disgusting Spicy’s in Chiang Mai is, because dear god I’m not going to assault you with a photo. The entrance is down a dodgy alley and you enter through the back door, as it is open so late they don’t want to draw too much attention. The entrance takes you through some sort of empty limbo space that smells like bins & sewage. Then when you open the main door you are hit by the smell of sweat, BO, Sex and alcohol. By this time of the morning you eyes are assaulted by the scenes of overly drunken, drugged up dregs of the night looking to hook up. It is a total meat market, with Thai hookers everywhere. I made the mistake of going to the toilet, and what I was confronted with will haunt me for life! ewwww
I endured 15 minutes then had to leave…NEVER again!
Anyway, that was the night that pretty much broke the camels back. The next day G was like the walking dead and I had the hangover from hell…best day to get our flight back to Bangkok then!
After doing my fair share of festivals around the world, I would definitely count Songkran as one of the best, and a must do in your lifetime. I will reveal more photos and stories in Tuesday’s Photo & Story of the Week, but thought I would give you a quick taster for now.