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Songkran in Khon Kaen @ Sticky Rice Capital

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Get wet. Get really really wet. No one complains about getting seriously wet between 13 - 15 April in Thailand. Its after all the Thai new year. My first ever Songkran was celebrated in Khon Kaen also known as the sticky rice capital. 


Traditionally all the water pouring and splashing is to signify the cleansing from sins and blessings. Chalk is also used to mark blessings similar to what monks used. These days however, its loads more fun with water guns, fancy gears and fragrant powder. Forget about going to Songkran and hiding under your raincoat or poncho. The whole idea is to get wet, soak in the fun and receive the blessings.

I don't remember seeing any angry or upset faces for getting splashed. Even if iced water was used! The people of Thailand are generally polite and hospitable folks. During Songkran, you will see even more of their kindness, beautiful smiles and hospitality.

We flew in to Bangkok first. Thank goodness for some well spaced out flight timing, we started off our trip by indulging in good Thai food at Silom Village at Don Muang Airport. 
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Its a short hour flight from Bangkok to Khon Kaen. Settled in nicely into our hotel and noted the streets were quiet. Freshened up and headed out for dinner at Trum Rom. Food was good, affordable though you might just need to be prepared for a slight wait. Loved the ambiance!
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Fueled and rested, we headed out to get ourselves armed for our Songkran wet fun the next day. Do not worry about buying your water guns or even water proof pouches because all these items are available at 7-11, convenience stores and night markets. Prices vary but I know its definitely much cheaper in Khon Kaen compared to other cities. Pouches are priced at 50 Baht onwards and water guns from 150 Baht. While some say they don't last long, I brought mine back to Malaysia and brought them to Hatyai for my final day of Songkran in Thailand (yes you will be reading soon on of my amazing 8 days in Thailand).

We bought our items at a local night market. Of course we also dashed into 7-11 to grab our must have Thai snacks and soy milk. Not everyone fancied eating bugs and worms with me at the night market. Basically, everything that you need for Songkran were available easily everywhere in Khon Kaen! A short checklist:
• Slippers or sandals
• Water gun - the bigger the better. Some even come with a built in water reservoir that you can carry like a backpack.
• Water proof pouch. Different models are available and they even have the larger ones for your tablets too.
• Caps are necessary if you don't want to run around looking like a wet mop:P
• Shorts and teeshirts are the best clothes to wear. Do bring along something dry in your waterproof bag in case you are afraid of catching a chill when making your way back in your rented vehicle etc. I brought along a windbreaker that kept me comfortable when we drove back to our hotel. No aircon chills. No wind chills.
• Sunglasses are optional. They are pretty cool and you can wear them over your regular glasses too like I did.
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yummy bugs from the night market.

What you can't buy is patience and sense of humour. You never know who is going to splash you with water. It might just be a rude shock with iced water too. But heck it is all in good fun in return of blessings. Here's some pics from my one day of Songkran fun in beautiful Khon Kaen.
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We visited Wat Nong Wang Muang. Nothing touristy because all I saw was the locals coming here for their prayers and blessings.
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We took a coffee break at Slove U Coffee. Good coffee. Extremely friendly owners. They figured out that it was our first trip to Khon Kaen and they kindly took us around in the awesome Tuk-Tuk. Loud music. Fancy looking. And oops our Songkran adventure started earlier than we were prepared.
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Adventure in a red Tuk-tuk begins!
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 A peep from our Tuk-tuk followed by numerous splashes. Not prepared? Laugh it off. Though honestly, we had our fun too by making the best of whatever weapons we could find in the Slove U tuk-tuk. So while we got wet and blessed, we also had our fun of doing it too!
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Kiddo attacked me with iced water. Sorry kiddo I really loved iced water and ice after my KL-Maran walk.
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THANX to the folks at AirAsia, we have vantage point over many others doing Songkran. Yours truly did away with her puny water gun and grabbed the water hose!
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Water hose in my hand. #WinLiao
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If you have water guns, the ones with the pumps work the best but it gets a bit of getting use to the idea of pumping before you press the gun to bless others.
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Its good fun everywhere for everyone. You don't just get wet, you get goodies too especially with the fun folks of AirAsia around!
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No worries about not having enough water. You can refill your water guns easily everywhere since there are tanks every few metres  that are kept filled by the locals and even the firemen. I have to admit, I wished I could be the one holding the fireman's powerful hose!
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The art to using the powder is to mix it with some water. It feels a tad like our local bedak sejuk effect with a lovely Jasmine scent too.
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No one is dry!

Its all good fun. So if you are looking for a fun and wet New Year celebration, mark your calendars for Songkran next year between 13-15 April. The celebrations are held all over Thailand but if you want something not so mainstream then check out the other cities and towns besides the commonly visited Hatyai, Bangkok or Phuket! I know I will want to return to Khon Kaen next year if possible for Songkran because I have not quite explored this gorgeous place that so happens to also have a marathon smack before Songkran.

Meanwhile to help you with your planning for Songkran in Khon Kaen:
AirAsia flies from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok 11 times daily
AirAsia flies from Bangkok to Khon Kaen 4 times daily
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More posts to come on my short but memorable and fun getaway to Khon Kaen. It was also my birthday during Songkran so needless to say, I certainly feel very blessed. THANX AirAsia and the people of Thailand!

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