I have never quite experienced anything like Songkran and by far it was the best party I’ve ever been to. As I wandered (or was pushed and cajoled) down the street, yelling “Happy New Year” to the smiling faces of hundreds of thousands who were soaked and covering everyone in sight with white clay, I began to love the Thai people more. I forgot my occasional frustration with the language and culture barrier and enjoyed myself more than I have in years. I found myself sticking my cheeks out for people to smear clay on me and screeching in delight as freezing cold bottles of water were poured down my back. It was an opportunity I grabbed with both hands to really spend time with the Thai people, something I have not done before.
And let me tell you, they know how to throw one hell of a party.