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Survey results: Expats say no to Songkran!


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Survey results: Expats say no to Songkran!

 

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The results are out for the Thaivisa survey about what people do at Songkran.

 

And the figures are clear at least for the middle aged group of respondents - we hide at home or get the hell out of Dodge!

 

Asked what people do at Songkran almost ten percent said they decided to leave the country altogether. While 71 percent of respondents indicated they would stay home or not venture out.

 

Less than 20 percent of respondents said they played Songkran.

 

However, it should be noted that 75% of the people who replied to the survey were aged 51 and over compared to just 4% under 30 years of age.

 

The nationalities that responded the most were British, 30%, US, 25%, Australian 15% and German 3%. All the remaining were of other nationalities.

 

Asked where they live 20% said Bangkok, 20% Pattaya, 8% Hua Hin, and 7% Phuket. The rest lived elsewhere in the kingdom.

 

Forum comments on the subject mostly backed up the survey's findings.

 

Darksidedog said: "I leave the country for ten days. And before anyone asks, yes, I am a miserable old git!"

 

While Phuket Man was a stay-at-home-boy commenting: "I stay indoors for a week wearing noise reduction headphones".

 

Some 162 people have filled in the survey so far.

 
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It can be fun earlier in the afternoons when the kids are out and spray the people outside their houses.

The thing i hate about it are the lairy drunks who knowingly take it too far by throwing (often icy) water in the faces of motorcyclists or other drivers (basically ignoring how pissed off they'd be if it happened to them).

I think a zoning system is needed where some semblence of order can be achieved without spoiling anyone's fun.

 

Also alcohol makes it much worse imho

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Headline should read "Old Farts say NO to Songkran"

 

Went over to Silom this weekend to watch the fun from above and it looked like a pretty even split between Thais and foreigners manning their super squirts.  But skewed heavily toward us old farts up on top in the skywalk peanut gallery.  Stayed 5 minutes, then ducked back into the MRT to go to dinner.

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59 minutes ago, webfact said:

 

However, it should be noted that 75% of the people who replied to the survey were aged 51 and over compared to just 4% under 30 years of age.

Hmm, I have never given my age or date of birth on my profile or on any survey

 

How is this stat worked out for all responders?

 

Can't  recall now, but do we give D.O.B. when we sign up?

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One of the local massage shops was closed for two days for the holiday, so I invited all the girls over to my house. They made a huge amount of food and were really happy to not have to sleep in the shop where they don't run the air conditioning at night. We did all venture out to look around but they really just wanted to stay in the pool.

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I did go up to the local bar,to watch the procession and because my Mrs was up there,Police did a good job directing traffic at what is a busy crossroads,i did get interesting at one stage when to young ladies got very amarous with each other,one lying on top of the other pumping away,then attemping to remove the other girls shorts,however the Police where unfortunately quickly on the scene,and after a telling off send them on their way,luckily no parties in my soi. What i did find annoying that the Post office was closed yesterday.

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I'm a healthy 64 and have loved "playing" Songkran For many years.  I love anything to do with water.  This year I got hurt by Getting hit squarely in the face with a 3 gallon bucket of water while I was standing on the back of a bhat bus Stuck in traffic.

 

I took a day off but have been back out in the celebration yesterday and will be out later today and tomorrow. But I got a little bit of insight into the danger that may be encountered during the celebration. Glad I didn't get knocked out cold and fall off the back of the bus and split my head open.

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17 minutes ago, survivalblue said:

Maybe retitle the article "Intelligent Expats Reduce Risk of Injury or Death by Staying Indoors for Songkran"

No start your own thread... :intheclub:

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15 minutes ago, survivalblue said:

Maybe retitle the article "Intelligent Expats Reduce Risk of Injury or Death by Staying Indoors for Songkran"

" or Grumpy Old Men do what Grumpy Old Men do" :)

 

Went out for 3 days with wife and Daughter, was good fun daily for a few hours.. 

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Allow me to clarify my comment that I am a miserable old git. On the whole I do like a bit of fun, but Songkran in Pattaya is a pain in the arse. I have no problem getting involved on the main day. It is the getting soaked for about 10 days before it when trying to go about my daily business that pisses me off.

I have had a lap top utterly ruined and countless legal documents destroyed by people throwing water a week early.

So, I have made a habit of leaving town and having some miserable old git style fun somewhere else. And I will be doing the same next year.

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My most memorable event was sat inside my local in the evenings watching pick ups going by blasting music, precariously overloaded with drunk/stoned, young Thai guys throwing water around at nobody really (it was already dark).  Once I yelled out toward them, "YOU'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!" and raised my arm in cheering salute, Woo Hooo!  They thought that was great, so they cheered back loudly and as they went to toss a bucket of sewage laced water in my general direction, their nose-ring wearing douche bag driver hit the gas, causing most of them to lurch backward and fall like dominoes, luckily blocked from spilling out onto the road by the double row of open mouth breathers sat on the open tailgate, legs dangling out the back.  Roughly 10 minutes later, a white government hospital ambulance van went by, lights and sirens blaring, headed down to the market/Songkran HQ area where folks were busy sucking more funky water out of the lake to throw into people's mouths and eyes.   

 

I thought of that truck load of revelers.  Songkran certainly helps cull the herd a bit every year.   Monks must rub their hands together in anticipation as they stoke the fire under the big pizza oven for the influx of business.

:intheclub:

 

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"I have had a lap top utterly ruined and countless legal documents destroyed by people throwing water a week early."    Smooth move... :intheclub:

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