Sahbaidee Kah – Happy Songkran from Muktahan!

The Thai New Year’s Day is 13 April every year, but the holiday period includes 14–15 April as well. The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti (Devanāgarī: संक्रांति), literally “astrological passage”, meaning transformation or change.

Decided to take a holiday – find the closest hotel with a pool, nice air conditioned rooms and a decent price – and here I am, only a few kms from Savannakhet as the crow flies (the other side of the river)   and today I find out that this is the day Laos comes to Thailand – for the Songkran festival.  No escape!  And what a hoot!

Took a walk this morning and was grabbed by this crazy guy dressed in orange and green, and dragged inside the temple grounds to dance to the band.  Turns out he is a nurse from Muktahan hospital – there was a whole mass of staff there, and then he just kept on popping up everywhere I went!

I followed the festivities to a ceremony with some gorgeous dancers and costumes, and then ducked the water bombers on the way back to the hotel.  All in fun, it was a joy to be a part of it.

Even from my 10th floor apartment I can see and hear the fun and the laughter as cars with their own water bombers get back at the roadside bombers.  And it’s not only water either!

I will post this, just as soon as I can find the photo evidence! Such good times…

Edit and upload: from 2017 – so many more photos, for another time…


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Annabelle Leve

I'm a techno-novice, but determined to learn! I want to share my stories, and create a space of my own for this purpose. As life changes, I take myself with me.

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