Sawadee Pee Mai – Songkran Festival 2004 Thongsala Koh Phangan Island



Songkran Festival 2004 Koh Phangan
Songkran Festival 2004 Koh Phangan Island

Hello out there πŸ™‚ First of all a Happy New Year again in 2004 and this time it’s a Happy Thai New Year!

Lucky as we are here on Koh Phangan we have the rare opportunity to celebrate the New Year Festival three times a year. First the Western New Year in January. Then the Chinese New Year at the end of February and finally in April the Thai New Year, called Songkran. And a couple of hundreds of years ago some smart Thais decided that the 13.th of April is the perfect day to go out and shower all your friends with water and rub them some baby powder in the face.

And even here on Koh Phangan this old Thai tradition from former times remains alive and is still celebrated every year ! Over the last few years more and more “farangs”, as they call us, are participating in this yearly water spectacle and they really seem to enjoy this Thai tradition πŸ™‚

It was a very hot 13.th of April and some might have ended up with a sunburn that day as it was sort of raining the whole day and you could easily forget realizing how hot it was. Road block water checkpoints with following baby powder treatment were built in every corner of the island to make sure nobody stays try that day. At least a couple of hundreds of people found their way to Thongsala town to celebrate the Songkran Water Festival this year. The main party was going on along the pier road and I can tell you this is fun every year πŸ™‚ Main important items you should never forget are sunglasses, a water pistol and baby powder. But you will of course also find these things in any tiny shop that day πŸ˜‰

Please check out the Picture Gallery Songkran Festival 2004 Koh Phangan Island

Songkran Festival 2004 Koh Phangan Island
Songkran Festival 2004
Songkran Festival 2004 Koh Phangan Island
Road Block Checkpoint
Songkran Festival 2004 Koh Phangan Island
PAC crew gets hot and wet

The party in Thongsala was going on the whole day from early morning until the sun set down. Some Thais around Baan Tai area might not have realized that the party was already over as they kept on celebrating even for the next two following days. And I ended up totally wet again after a shopping from Thongsala and was a bit pissed after the third day πŸ™

However ….. Happy New Year πŸ™‚

5 thoughts on “Sawadee Pee Mai – Songkran Festival 2004 Thongsala Koh Phangan Island

  • April 21, 2004 at 12:40 pm
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    Well Done! Becki, Say Hi to Everyone From me!
    Happy New Year. πŸ˜‰

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    • April 21, 2004 at 4:40 pm
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      hi bigapple πŸ™‚ from who should i send wishes from ?? who is BIGAPPLE ?!?

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      • April 22, 2004 at 3:27 pm
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        Hi Becki,

        Greetings to you all from Ben and Apple.

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  • April 21, 2004 at 7:25 pm
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    My understanding of Songkran is that traditionally it is a gentle ritual involving bathing the feet of revered ones or sprinling a little bit
    of water from a brush. A sensual experience rather than today’s warlike attitude.

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  • April 22, 2004 at 1:24 am
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    at least during the time i spended in tongsala there was no warlike behavior. the people i saw just having fun and smiled when they got wet. i doubt this is not the case during a war

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