Songkran New Years Festival, Ko Samui, Ko Tau

APRIL 1997


Text and Photos Copyright ©2001 Mark E. Halliday





My next assignment was a training program in Thailand, but first I spent the weekend in Manila, Philippines.

I visited my good friend Peter Smith, who I worked for years ago.

Manila has changed, prices are higher,

and Peter is now a VERY serious golfer!








Arriving in Thailand, I spent three days outside of Bangkok in Kanchanaburi.

This is the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.






















The training went OK, although, as I often find in Asia, one day I am convinced the trainee knows exactly what is going on, and the next day he develops complete amnesia. Patience, patience…………..






Back in Bangkok, it was the "Songkran" Thai New Year's Eve festival where EVERYBODY pours scented water on everybody else around them.

It was very unusual to be in a bar downtown with an inch of water on the floor, everybody blasting water cannons at the big gringo, and the bartender dumping a bucket of ice water on my head after serving up a cold beer!

Fun was had by all! In the morning, I flew to the island of Ko Samui. People were still tossing water everywhere for the New Year day.






























I stayed in a bungalow on a beautiful beach for a few nights, and then went on an overnight dive trip to Ko Tau island.














Returning to Bangkok, I checked out a few gravity meters for a government agency. I repacked my bags for river running, and flew to Kunming, China.





Text and Photos Copyright ©2001 Mark E. Halliday