The family now travels to celebrate the Thai new year [between 13 and 15 April] in
Hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world also visit the city. Songkran, the
new year water festival, is fun-filled. Everyone throws water on each other.
A tour guide named Bun waits to lead the family into the old city.
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Bun (tour guide);
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Our guide is here. Let's go.
Sawatdee bee mai (Thai for Happy New Year). Are you prepared to be wet? Thai people
love this festival and will throw water on you.
That is your ride. It is my blue Toyota truck.
I added a water barrel for you to use. Please
get in and we can join the crowd.
Hmm. A 50-gallon barrel; it should be enough for us.
Maybe not, Dad. I plan on soaking
plenty of people. We can always refill somewhere, right?
[Bun drives along a road adjacent to the city moat and the
family soaks people.
They enjoy several days of fun. Later the next week, Bun takes them to visit the
highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon.]
[The family travels to Laos and observes people catch a giant catfish
from the Mekong River. They also visit
and nearby Buddha Park
and other locations. Click here to see the following story: