We wanted to enjoy 2 weeks in Bangkok, but what was the reality?
The weather was very dry and hot (April is the hottest month of the year) – over 40 ° C in the city between the hot concrete buildings, so before we started thinking about some Bangkok trips, we went to the supermarket. On the way back we were sweating, so we stayed in the hostel with the fan for the next days (air conditioning worked overnight). I was at least glad that a large marketplace was under the roof on the opposite side, where I went for ice cream, fresh fruit, or take some photos – these places are amazing for me!
Because we stayed in the hostel for a long time (travelers stay here obviously only between flights), we became acquainted with the owner and his family. It was their family business and they accepted us to the family. As a thank you for long-term stay, we negotiated a lower price, we could behave at home in the hostel (f.e. use a separate kitchen, washing machine, etc.) and sometimes we had a lunch or dinner with them. I have to admit that in this style, culture, customs, and above all local cuisine is totally different. In addition, you can learn a lot more than you know from the public.
The Third New Year – this time the Thai Songkran (the most significant Thai public holiday)
And how does Songkran celebrate?
It wasn´t possible to shoot such wild celebrations. In a few seconds, the phone would not survive. During the celebrations, there are masks and allegorical cars. People use a powder and after then a water. Children are equipped with spray guns and cars are loaded with barrels of water. Everything is carried in a friendly and cheerful atmosphere. If people are wet from your spray gun, you give them respect and at the same time cleanse them from all bad things, so they are clean in the new year.
It was really a great Asian wilderness! It’s a shame we don´t have a similar habit in Bohemia. Such a water party would be perfect in the summer months!