We started at 7 this morning by giving gifts of food to the local monks. I just made it in time as I'd been out the night before on the jolly to a local market with the yoga teacher (a guy who's just a touch older than No. 1 Son). We had a lovely evening eating, chatting and drinking beer and it was really nice to be able to have a night out and have a bit of a laugh.
After the monks left, the staff set about decorating the place. It looked beautiful. And then at 2 we had a parade. It was cozzy on and joining in, but one of the guests stood well back from the chaos of water throwing (Sonkran is traditionally the time when the Thai's throw water at one another or whoever gets in the way) and took pics so I actually have a few to show you.
|The Sonkran Queen at the head of the procession|
|There I am in the middle of it all dancing away like I was at the Isle of Wight Festival!|
|Completely soaked through, but still dancing!|
It was great fun and even having a hose turned on me and buckets full of water thrown at me was ok as the water was warm... I wasn't quite so keen on the guy that insisted on throwing freezing water. Luckily he only had a couple of small bottles! Guests and staff alike join in and there's no mercy shown whether you're a billionaire or a waiter.
Then tonight it was the Sonkran dinner. It was fab with all kinds of Thai New Year delicacies and there was a floor show of Thai Kick Boxing and dancers to keep us entertained. And I even managed to get yet another mosquito bite... ah well.
Tomorrow morning I have to be up and at 'em early as I'm teaching a class at 7 so I'll leave it there for tonight.