Another wet and wild Songkran comes to an end. Songkran Festival didn’t have the lingering shadow of the Red Shirt/government conflict as it did last year and so the crowds of both tourists and locals appeared much larger down on Silom Road. Even road fatalities, an ugly reality of the Songkran holiday, were at 271, down 90 from last year. Still tragic. There was plenty of water fighting as usual and even a World Record set just outside Central World — the largest water pistol fight ever at 3,477 people (outdoing previous record holder Spain by nearly 1,000). The attention stealer for this year’s event, however, was the dancing of three topless teenagers in Silom — recorded, posted and viral on the internet in no time — which drew indignant complaints from Thai officials. The outrage itself drew heaps of debate and mockery from others who found it insincere considering the whole matter took place just a stone’s throw from one of the city’s infamous red-light districts, complete with porn DVDs and “illegal” live sex shows. But like everything in Songkran, it’ll all dry up by tomorrow.
Check out some photos from Songkran 2011: