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Monday, 13 April 2015

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

Despite the recent bombing, it as time for Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui. It was good to be back on the island again for this big Thai festival, celebrating Thai New Year.

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

Busy Chaweng beach road

Early morning a family friend with her family came to our house and soon we were off to Chaweng to start to celebrate. As on cue, the first rain in about 10 weeks came down pretty soon after we arrived in Chaweng and at times it came down pretty hard. Nobody seemed to care though since everyone and everything was wet anyway.

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

Dancing in the street

We arrived at around 10am in Chaweng and left around 4pm, after almost non stop water fighting for 6 hours. When we left, the battle was going on full throttle and it seemed like it is going to be a long night in Chaweng and other places on the island.

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

A convenient way to get around during Songkran

Many Western and Asian tourists were enjoying the festivities, along with tons of Thais, celebrating their New Year.

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

Did I say skimpy?

Due to the rain, lots of people in their skimpy clothing could be seen clattering their teeth although nobody gave in and all partied on. Since ice water was forbidden this year, along with spicy powder mixed in the water, the ice cold water attacks were luckily a minority. Just like the sale of alcohol, which was officially illegal this year. Not that anybody cared too much since alcohol was widely available.

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

Six girls giving a show on Chaweng beach road, the police stopped traffic for a moment

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

Who said it was cold?

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

One of the foam parties going on

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

Hit the red button and the girl disappears in the water

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

Lost and found

Songkran 2015 on Koh Samui

Broken artillery during and after the battle

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Anonymous said...

Hi Camille,

My wife and I are currently in Koh Samui and are booked to go to Koh Tao today for 2 night and then back here for a night before heading home to tasmania. Given the current weather situation should we still go? Is the ferry going to be comfortable/safe?


Camille said...

Hi AJ,

It should be an easy ride over, the wind today is not supposed to pick up until late afternoon/evening. When you come back, it should be sunny again. Tomorrow may see some strong wind but hopefully a dry afternoon.
The ferries used between Koh Samui and Koh Tao are big ferries and are not easily cancelled. As far as I can see at this moment, you should be fine.

Mark said...

what is open today?

Camille said...

Hi Mark,

Shops etcetera will be open today, all official business, like Government and banks won't be open until Thursday 16th April.