Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Unpleasant Songkran Festival

As I am writing this, Martin is still snoozing away. I can't blame him though; it is 6:30 AM in Phuket, Thailand. It is our fourth and last day here. And what a trip it has been! My main concern is how we are going to stay below 20 kg in luggage weight so we don't have to pay for a checked bag. In other words, we bought quite a bit of stuff.

Sawaddi Patong Resort and Spa

We arrived in the middle of a week long celebration of Songkran - April 13. Thankfully, it ended in Phuket the same day. As we walked to the beach that morning after we arrived, we were soaked from head to toe in water. The locals and tourists enjoyed pouring and spraying water all over one another. Bystanders did not receive mercy either. Martin said he enjoyed it; I surely did not. My last straw was when a stranger pulled off my hat to pour water down my dress. At this point in time I swore out loud, and told them to not touch me. Being doust in water was already putting me on edge, being touched by a stranger was crossing the line. Oh, and being sprayed in the face is definitely not a tradition I will get on board about. So thank you Thaliand, but my unintentional attendance of your festival will NEVER happen again, I promise you that

Martin and I on Patong beach after making in through the water storm
and being marked on our cheeks. 

Second day sin water was much more pleasant and enjoyable. A private half day tour around Phuket was comfortable in the air conditioned van. It was only Martin, our tour guide and I in a ten-seat-person van. Good thing too - going up hill felt difficult behind a tourist in an automaic rental car, while our driver had to manage in stick shift. After a heated morning of sight-seeing, we rested back our hotel and went for a nice massage earlier that evening. For dinner, we ventured out to Banzaan Fresh Market, it famous for the fresh produce offered in the lower level of the market and then you can take your produce purchase to the upper level to be cooked by one of the stalls to your liking. That is for the day time. At night, it is a whole new animal - dozens of food stands set up outside with a variety of prepared meals ready to be boxed up to go. There were so many options that Martin and I picked our favorites to take back to the hotel to enjoy. It costed us 275 baht, which is only $8.50. Definitely not possible for a yummy filling meal back in the USA.

Night Banzaan Fresh Market
That is all for now. I have a few photos to share of my first day in Singapore and the rest of our Thailand stay. But it's time to get up and pack. Stay tuned!

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