As usual, the Songkran water war broke out early this
year, first pistols being seen in the city centre on the 10th and big guns
erupting around the moat on Monday the 12th.
While red flags and ribbons were commonplace, the one
good thing (at time of writing) was that politics, Bangkok-style, were
The most aggressive water throwing was, as usual, around
Thapae Gate and, as usual, carried out by young farang tourists with no
knowledge - or thoughts - of the unwritten rules.
a) keep it out of buildings and
b) stop at nightfall.
By 9.00pm on the 12th, police trucks with loud speakers
appeared and put a stop to most of it.
Apart from thoughtless parents (Thai and farang) giving
no eye protection to their children, the worst excesses I’ve seen so far
have been ‘gunmen’ riding on car bonnets and one using his Honda Dream as a
weapon. Opposite Darets, he stopped the bike, stood up, aimed the rear wheel
at the crowd and spun it, showering all with filthy water from the road.
All praise for Thai tolerance. Where I come from, he
would have been lynched.
Half a day was, as usual, more than enough for me of this
juvenile, dangerous and uncontrolled so-called “festival.”.
And if we have a drought this year, don’t forget to ask
the Mayor why constantly gushing, free, water was available from local
government pipes at Thapae throughout!