Whether we have a good stay or a bad stay at a hotel, there will be opposing emotions when it comes to arriving and leaving. Hate the place and disappointment will reign on first walking through the door and relief when it comes time to go. Like the place and the opposite will be true.
We have mixed feelings about Songkran, in that one of us loves charging about town squirting water into the faces of old women and children, while the other loathes it and won’t venture outside for the duration.
Resident in Chiang Mai, Diana Edelman helped raise awareness about the plight of Asian elephants as the PR and social media coordinator for Save Elephant Foundation. She also writes for her own site, d travels 'round, and supports herself with freelance travel writing jobs.
Three days of pushing social boundaries to the limit by throwing buckets of iced water over grannies and ambushing five year old children.
I took a lion for a walk the other week. I know, read that again - I really did say I took a lion for a walk. Taking lions (and tigers – more about that in another post) for a spot of exercise is just one of the things we did when we pitched up in Kanchanaburi, at the doors of the Safari Volunteer Initiative as two of their more incompetent volunteers.
A photograph of Luang Prabrang, Laos.
For myself and most other farang Songkran is about running around town assaulting old women and children - and everyone in between - with the biggest water gun money can buy.
A photograph of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
You’re armed to the teeth with the biggest water gun you could find and ready for some watery mayhem but want to make the most of what might be a once in life time experience. The great thing about Songkran is it is for everyone: young and old, male or female, Thai or tourist, everyone has a laugh and enjoys themselves. Here is our guide to the polite mayhem Thais call Songkran.
When most people think of Thailand and big cats they think of the ethically dubious Tiger Temple but not far away from there is a place where backpackers can get…