Happy Songkran 2017! / by Marleigh Monique

13 April 2017 (Thursday)

This is a picture of where I’ve been over the last 12 months. See the stars?

This is a picture of where I’ve been over the last 12 months. See the stars?

Remember that time I decided to quit everything and travel around the world full time while blogging about my adventures? Me neither.

Well, my anniversary is coming up. Nearly one year ago, I boarded a one-way flight for Auckland, New Zealand to “see what happens.”

What happened was travel to some 30 countries across Oceania, Europe, UK, and Southeast Asia.

I’m currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Today begins a 3-day water festival called Songkran to celebrate the Thai New Year. Thus, it is a perfect time to breathe life into the blog and let my reader(s) (mom?) know about what I get up to on the road.

In full time travel, no 2 days are alike. Often, I will arrive in a country with little knowledge about what to do or how long to stay. Talking with other travelers helps with the planning, but the majority comes from the hostels I stay plus my own interests.

I enjoy seeing major landmarks, huge tourist attractions, natural parks, and unique geological formations. I am also obsessed with food.

This is what I did today:

12:30 PM

Late breakfast at the only place I know that serves a western breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs and cheese. CHEESE is the key word here. Thailand doesn’t really do cheese.

On my way there, I got soaked within the first 5 minutes of stepping outside my homestay. Did I mention Songkran is the world’s biggest water festival?

1:05 PM

I was told there would be a parade at 1 PM. I went searching for this parade around the city centre called Tha Phae Gate. I did not find a proper parade, just a couple pickup trucks with people dressed up and loads of trucks, motorbikes, taxis and tuk tuks crammed with people splashing water on everything that moved. 

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It was literally a water party on the streets of Chiang Mai.

The energy was amazing. Locals and tourists alike spared no mercy for each other ensuring everyone was soaked from head to toe.

Not even the river was spared as people refilled their ammo.

Not even the river was spared as people refilled their ammo.

I walked around for 1 hour dodging water guns and firing back. The worst part was when cold water was fired at you. Like ice cold.

Mother nature knows it's Songkran. It's pouring out!

Mother nature knows it's Songkran. It's pouring out!

7:15 PM

Not sure why the Canadian flag?

Not sure why the Canadian flag?

Dinner at Cat House. It has loads of veggie options plus it’s literally next door to my homestay. Safe from the throngs of water throwers.

HAPPY SONGKRAN!