Sticky Songkran!

This week's photo outing was generously submitted by Stick.  He’s been really proactive in putting his new 5d Mark II to good use and was out there this week taking snaps of Songkran observers.  I really enjoy his work and I very much appreciate his contributions to this weekly.  Thank you, Stick!
 

Songkran may have its fans but in the time I spent outside photographing the madness I am sure that motorbike riders aren't amongst them.

There are many times as many motorbikes in Thailand than cars and they are the only means of transport for a good number of the population.

There are many times as many motorbikes in Thailand than cars and they are the only means of transport for a good number of the population.

The motorbike is in effect the equivalent of the family car and it is not unusual to see the entire family sitting on the back of the bike as Dad points it in the right direction and tries to deliver the family to their destination safely.

Wandering around the neighbourhood today, I watched as revelers actively attacked those on motorbikes with buckets of water.  Not a small sprinkling, but an ENTIRE BUCKET!  Water was not thrown at other vehicles, although the odd tuktuk did come in for a bit of attention.

Wandering around the neighbourhood today, I watched as revelers actively attacked those on motorbikes with buckets of water.  Not a small sprinkling, but an ENTIRE BUCKET!  Water was not thrown at other vehicles, although the odd tuktuk did come in for a bit of attention.

It really does raise question marks about just why they are doing it for their can be only one reason - to cause the bike riders such discomfort that they come off their bike.  GBH?  Attempted murder?  Am I being extreme?  I mean, look at the faces on some of the riders here - their eyes are closed and in some cases they are looking off to the side!

It really does raise question marks about just why they are doing it for their can be only one reason - to cause the bike riders such discomfort that they come off their bike.  GBH?  Attempted murder?  Am I being extreme?  I mean, look at the faces on some of the riders here - their eyes are closed and in some cases they are looking off to the side!

It would be so easy for them to collide into something, veer on to the other side of the road, fail to avoid a child running out on to the road or any of a zillion other hazards.

It would be so easy for them to collide into something, veer on to the other side of the road, fail to avoid a child running out on to the road or any of a zillion other hazards.

Perhaps the picture that says it all is this last show which at first glance is much less dramatic than the others.  But then you need to remember that this is Thailand and people drive on the left.  Well, notice that white road marking behind bike which shows that this guy zoomed all the way right across to the wrong side of the road to avoid being a target, a very dangerous manoeuvre.

Perhaps the picture that says it all is this last show which at first glance is much less dramatic than the others.  But then you need to remember that this is Thailand and people drive on the left.  Well, notice that white road marking behind bike which shows that this guy zoomed all the way right across to the wrong side of the road to avoid being a target, a very dangerous manoeuvre.