Phuket for Songkran

Trip Start Dec 13, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, April 10, 2009

After a few months in the Bangkok/Pathum Thani area, I decided to head back to Phuket for Songkran.  For those that don't know, Songkran is the Thai New Year.  It signifies the change from the "hot" season to the "rainy" season.  Of course, both seem hot and rainy, but it's not my country, is it?

So after a quick flight, I found myself in familiar haunts.  I booked a room at the Roongrawee Mansion, where I had stayed for the TEFL course in November.  I enjoyed being back there, as the staff are friends, and it's close to everything.  I was soon surrounded by my favorite restaurants, bars, etc. 

The first two nights, I hooked up with 2 amazing friends, George and Lindy.  If you know George and Lindy, you can't help but love them.  They have become husband and wife of late (though of course George is gay).  They always answered "we" when they talked about things they were doing or planning to do.  It was sweet.  They are moving into the house that adjoins the Roongrawee, which is so cool.  It's a beautiful house, has a big patio, and it'll allow them first crack at the TEFL-ites that come through.  It was so fantastic seeing them both made me never want to leave.

One thing that hadn't changed was their hard-partying!  The two nights I partied with them, we easily dusted off a couple bottles of Rum between the three of us (two each night!).  We partied at Sofas (where they have sofas, of course), Kor Tohr Mor, and Chidloms.  All three are great places.  At Sofas, I had the pleasure of being hit on by a broad-shouldered ladyboy.  I'm not sure which one of us had the thicker beard or the deeper voice.  For both nights, I didn't get to sleep until after 6:00 am.  Ah, how it reminded me of the TEFL course, only I didn't have to go to class the next day, which was great.

 Monday was "get wet" Songkran day.  Basically, Monday was a giant, all-day waterfight.  I don't have many pictures, as I wanted to preserve my camera, but imagine if everybody in your entire country decided to have a giant waterfight, complete with Super Soakers, buckets of ice water (those could be painful sometimes), and, oddly, baby powder mixed with water which was smeared on your face frequently.  And, this being Thailand, you'd occasionally get felt up or kissed as you went along. 

So I met up with my best mate Scott ("The Wozzer").  Scott is somebody who makes you laugh no matter how shitty you might feel, so it's always fantastic to be around him.  He has the tough task of living in Rawai Beach in a giant bungalow (poor bastard).  Thankfully, his Mom and Dad are staying, and keeping an eye on him.  We rode about on motorbikes all day, drinking excessively (what else?), getting splashed, spraying water guns, etc.  I had bought a giant, backpack-equipped super soaker, and it was fun surprising folks with a sharp blast to the face!  As I mentioned, the occasional bucket of ice water would hit you, just sucking the air out of your lungs!  It was an incredibly liberating and fun day. 
 Of course, wearing soaking drawers the rest of the day wasn't the best thing I could do.  Thankfully, Scott had 1 pair of shorts that would fit me.  Fully dry, we next combed the bars in the neighborhood, drinking excessively.  Later, Scott found some wild boar to eat.  Only in Thailand...

The next morning, I was back to the Roongrawee.  I spent Tuesday sobering up, relaxing, catching up some work, and hanging out with a new friend I made.  Wednesday morning, I flew back to Bangkok.

I had forgotten how much fun I have in Phuket, and it made me very homesick for the island.  I must go back on a more frequent basis.  I didn't get to catch up with my other Phuket buddies, though I did bump into Kai at a 7-11.  I need to go back and catch up with my other friends.  I think I will find myself there more often.  After all, my liver hates me, and I hate it.  I want to punish that little bastard as often as possible :-)

Peace and love to you all.

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