Song Kran in Ayuthaya
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April 14th, 2006 – by: o_mendfornd
Ayuthaya is full of old temple sites from when the town was the capital of Thailand. We hired some bikes from a place near the guesthouse and headed off to do a tour of the sights. It was a blazing hot day, and so we took it pretty steady. We found an extremely air-conditioned Vietnamese restaurant for lunch, and managed to stretch lunch out to one and a half hours somehow. Straight after lunch we saw a young woman being knocked off her moped by a car; we dropped our bikes and ran to help. Some people came out of a nearby house to help as well. She seemed OK really; she'd skidded across the road a bit, so was probably a bit grazed, but it was a low speed accident. I collected the bits of moped and moved it out of the road while someone helped her into a car and whizzed her off.
We continued touring the temple sites after lunch. The temple building in Ayuthaya was on a huge scale, and some of the sites are very impressive. Outside one of the smaller temples they were warming up some elephants for the following day's Song Kran (new year) celebrations, by squirting water at passing motorists, particularly those on mopeds.
The following day was Song Kran proper, and we didn't have to head far from our guesthouse to find celebrations in full swing. There was a float parade through the centre of town, and liberal amounts of water being flung about, as well as daubs of flour paste. The elephants were out in full strength after the previous day's practice. In my attempts to photograph the celebrations my camera got rather covered in flour and water, but it carried on working (mostly, anyway)!
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