I will break this down in to days, with separate posts for Pai, because this could get long. Songkran is technically a 3-day holiday to celebrate the Thai New Year, but celebrations tend to start a day early and overflow as well, so it's more like 5-days of water throwing, soaked-to-the-bone insanity. I'm not sure of the history of the so-called "water festival", but I'm pretty sure it started off as a friendly gesture of washing your slate clean for the new year, perhaps a cup of water poured gently on a friends shoulder. It has now become an all out water war, complete with super soakers, buckets of ice cold water, dumping trash cans on water on unsuspecting victims from your 3rd floor balcony, and so on. It is actually pretty fun for 2 or 3 days, but after that grace period you just want to be able to get from point A to point B without getting soaked to the bone.
The Next couple of days were spent in Pai and that we be in a different post. To end this I will simply say...another successful Songkran in the books.