Happy Songkran Everyone!!

Posted: April 12, 2011 in Non-fishing stories

It’s that time of the year again where Thai people find excuses to drench and fondle people on the streets over the nation’s New Year Celebration. Yes I know, it is April but here in Thailand and several other South East Asian countries the New Year is celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of April. Go figure, Asia is crazy like that yo.

When you combine those non-working public holidays with the weekend, you have yourself a super five-day weekend. Some companies in the country have even just decided to say “f— it! let’s just have Monday and Tuesday off and have a super solid nine-day holiday!”

Being half Chinese-Malaysia, Songkran for me usually means my annual trip to visit the relatives in Muslim Malaysia, a country completely alien to the idea of Songkran.

BUT… here’s a list of things I would have done in Bangkok during the Songkran break if I weren’t off in Kuala Lumpur:
1. Drench someone to the point of near-death pneumonia. OK, just kidding, just a little cold and a slight fever is adequate. Everyone knows that pneumonia is so 2007.
2. Start some conversations with some pretty ladies, both local and foreign, by spraying them with my water gun.
3. Go to a foam party dressed in beach clothes to completely lose the meaning of the holiday among all the bikini-clad Songkraners while exercising activity number 2.
4. Enjoy driving in a traffic-free Bangkok (everyone’s out of town!).
5. Have a gargantuan meal with the family to the point of pain.
6. And d’uh… Go fishing.

Things I would avoid in Bangkok during the Songkran break:

1. Getting my genitals groped by weirdos in Khaosarn (a very common thing so be prepared to karate chop some horny fools in the face).
2. Drunk drivers. There are too many of these during the break for some weird reason so be careful and try not to become part of a growing national statistic.
3. Splashing a cop. Water gun VS. real gun… Care to give it a go?
4. Catching Pneumonia.

Anyway, happy Songkran everyone! Stay alive! Hopefully there will be no crazy pandemics and the protesters will leave us in peace this year.

  1. Alex West says:

    Amen brother! Have fun in KL…dry and hot…no wet see-thru shirts on hot chicks…no excuse to apply powder on the faces…HAHA.

  2. lol This is my first experience with Songkran. I’m in the outskirt part of Bangkok and it seems that there’s not so much fun. I wonder how it is going in Central Bangkok? I was in Silom last night at 10 pm and they are already preparing for it.

    • You should go down town to check it out. Arm yourself with a water gun and go to a busy street somewhere. Whether it be day or night it’s an awesome way to splash away the summer heat!

  3. Kevin says:

    Hope you have a great time in KL meeting the fam’. As you should already know by now, Songkran over here is almost non existent.

    Even those who try to celebrate it, it’s kinda weak…imho 🙂 Nothing close to how the Thais celebrate it in Bangkok 😀

    Any fishing while in KL?

    • Of course there is! I’m meeting up with Chin from http://sportfishin.asia to go catch some invasive species! Looking forward to your BSR visit!

      Happy Songkran!

      • Kevin says:

        May can’t come sooner Oz!! Hands are starting to itch 🙂

        Fyi…I’ll be there with 4 other fishing buddies of mine and we’re all bringing our better halves as well. We’ll probably be fishing there for 2 days and the rest of the trip will be spent sightseeing and shopping. I’ll let you know the exact dates we plan to fish when we’ve confirmed it.

        It’ll be AWESOME if you can make it…otherwise, there’s always next time 🙂 I’ll be making another trip to BSR in end Nov 2011 with my bro, who’s coming back from Canada. He saw the pictures of my last trip and he’s been dying to fish at BSR ever since! HaahaHAhHahahahhaha….talk about being hooked big time!

        Btw, any advice on which bungalow to rent in BSR? I’ve checked BSR’s page on accommodation and I can’t find the info that I’m looking for. Is there a bungalow that will accommodate 5 rods at a time? Or do you suggest we fish from the platform that splits the lake as my main worry is tangling of lines if there were multiple hookups.

        Fishing for PB’s while you’re back here I presume? May the fishing gods bless you guys with a monster catch! My biggest PB was a little over 2 kilos, landed several years ago in one of the many the ex-mining pools of Perak. Hope you’ll have a blast while in KL and stay safe man.

      • 19-23rd is perfect! I’m always ready for weekend Mekong awesomness.

        As for Bungalows you have the B2000 and the B5000 one. The B2000 one has one air-conditioned bedroom while the B5000 one has two bedrooms. So judging from what you say, four fishing buddies, each with their better halves that’s eight people. Bungalows 15, 16 and 17 are all the B2000 one and are all next to one another while Bungalow number 18, the next one over, is the B5000 one.

        However, the B1000 bungalows, are very spacious and big but they have no A/C or bedrooms for the spouses.

        By the way, when you pay for a Bungalow you are paying for a 12-hour session that either starts from 9am-9pm or 9pm-9am.

        Five rods would be best distributed over two to three bungalows as they (the bungalows) are all roughly the same width and from experience the ideal amount of rods per bungalow is two (to avoid tangling). But five rods per five fishermen also is a little over kill haha. The last time I went I was with six other friends and we only used two rods between all of us simply because it got very tiring and each fish required one man on the rod and the other on the net.

        However, if you choose to fish from the central pier it is best to go on a weekday where there is almost no one to bother you. The pond basically becomes yours and the spacious central pier can easily accomodate for all the rods.

        Yes, I was fishing for PB’s 😀 It was awesome and I look forward to posting my catch report soon!

        anyway, let me know your fishing dates when you have them figured out! See you soon.

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