We had a really fun week last week. It was Songkran, or Thai new year. Generally, Songkran means lots of water-water guns, buckets of water, and water hoses-coming at you as you walk down the street, ride a moto taxi, take a bus or ride in a truck! They even have organized water fights if getting randomly sprayed with water isn’t enough for you during the 3 days they celebrate Songkran! Haha! It’s lots of fun though!
We had a friend, Mickie, who we know from the states, but now lives in Chiangmai, Thailand, here for Songkran, so we managed to stay away from most of the water fights! We also have little kids, which helps too. And we heard there are tons of people at the organized water fights, so we stayed away from there this year too!
Josh was off for the week, so we managed to visit several new places and managed to enjoy our own water activites. We went to a waterpark on top of a mall! It was awesome! I didn’t feel like we were in the city or on top of a mall. I didn’t even feel like we were in Thailand for that matter. Well, except maybe for the swimcaps we were required to wear. Josh and I even managed to sneak away from both kids and go down one of the big slides by ourselves! Yes! There was also an amazing view at the top of the slide of the entire city! It was pretty amazing! Sharles loved it, and Brayden seemed to enjoy himself too! We also stayed here several days and went swimming at the pool at our apartment. Josh hasn’t been able to go swimming with us during the day yet because we are all always so busy, so he and Sharles especially loved these days!
Mickie and I also experienced Chatachak Market! It is one of the biggest markets in Thailand! It is said to have over 8000 vendors and 27 buildings housing those vendors. I think we made it to about 4 buildings! And if you know me, you know I love market shopping!
We also visited Chinatown, another market shopper’s blissful adventure, but is also known for its food. Again, we were only able to see a portion of this as well, and weren’t able to taste as much food as we wanted either, but nonetheless had an awesome experience in this part if town as well. And several of the shops were closed because of the holiday, so I can’t even imagine what it and Chatachak really look like on a normal business day!
Speaking of food, I introduced Josh and Mickie to a delicious Mexican restaurant, La Monita, which is probably the closest authentic Mexican food we can find here. It was so good, we may have even eaten dinner there 2 nights in a row! Yum! In our defense, we were trying to eat at a different Mexican restaurant, but they were closed for the holiday!
We had a great time seeing Mickie and having her here with us in Bangkok! Now we are looking forward to traveling to Chiangmai to see her and all her city has to offer!