Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Songkran is celebrated every year on April 12-14th. It is basically Thai New Year, but they celebrate it by having a country wide waterfight for the weekend. I think this was incorporated into the festivities because it also is the hottest time of the year. Thai's love to have fun. We however, decided to skip this mayhem and head for the hills. We hiked up a mountain called Doi Khun Than along with 10-12 other families trying to beat the heat and the crowds down in Chiang Mai. Missionary Families have been coming to Doi Khun Than for years and years and it holds a special place in their hearts. It was great to be up in the cool mountains with nothing to do but relax. In fact it was the most relaxing time we've had in Thailand so far. We were able to just sit and read for hours while our kids played with the other kids for hours on end. They were great baby sitters. I almost felt guilty, but then thought, nah!!! We went on hikes, played horseshoes, swung on two tire swings, bonfires with roasting marshmallows,smores, water fights and lots of games. We spent five nights up on Doi Khun Than and loved every minute of it. We think this might be a yearly ritual. Maybe one of the years we will stay in town for the waterfight. We hear it is quite the spectacle to see.