April 11th - April 14th:
For the final days we decided to go with Grom to his farm in Phatalung, a rural farming district to the Southeast. After a 4 hour ride in the baking heat in the back of his pick up truck we arrived at Phatalung. I must say that the we is me, Ricky, Steph and my very good friend Thadd who joined us from Singapore. After a night at groms place we got up early to drive to the local wetlands reserve to see some of the water birds and water buffalo. Followed by a boat ride right out into the middle of the wetlands. Now I am 25 years old and I saw more birds in that 2 hour boat ride than I have ever seen in my 25 years on this earth! There must have been thousands, and thats just including the siberian open billed stork migrating through Thailand. Herons of all colour shape and size were everywhere as were bright blue water hens.
The 13th of April marks the start of the Buddhist new year or "Songkran". A somewaht different affair to our, let say it, overhyped new year eve. Songkran is a festival of water, so we jumped into the back of groms pick up along with the younger memebers of his family and drove off into town. Along the way we were continously pelted with water and poweder by the locals, which as you can imagine on a 34 degree day is a very refreshing change! We then picked up a 100 litre drum from groms brother in law and put it in the back of the pickup. we then drove out into the country.... now at 5 miles per hour cold water is a refeshing change. At 35mph its like being hit by freezing cold bullets, but all in good fun! The reason for our drive to the country soon became clear, as we pulled up to a fire engine parked next to a lake. So can you guess how we filled up the 100 litre drum? Yes you guessed it! The rest of the morning and early afternoon was spent driving all over the county throwing water over every man, woman, child and scooter we could see. All the while being covered ourselves. I can honestly say, I dont think I have ever had so much fun!!! One of the best experiances of my life!
We unfortunatly had to cut our celebration short to return to Phuket so we could fly out the next day. A reunion meal (all be it a short time apart) was heald on the same beach were we had our introduction meal. We then all said our goodbyes (to Luke and Emily) and went to find a hotel for the night. Ricky leaving soon after, then Thadd, then me..... and this ends my tale from Thailand. It was the best experiance of my life, and I urge any of you thinking about visiting Thailand. To just do it. Just go