My mate Lukas and his wife Sheryl were over from Singapore so I met up with them for New Years Eve in Bangkok! Its kind of an odd event in Bangkok really, It’s such a huge, crazy city, but no one really cares that much about it. Probably as the Thai New Year is a few months away. We were at the shopping malls till almost 10pm and they were still rammed, barely anyone out on the street. Until getting really close to the fireworks location, you wouldn’t think today was anything different!
The main road in front of the display is closed off and security didn’t drinks of any kind in, but you couldn’t by any inside either. So we sat in the 30C heat waiting for a couple hours with nothing drink! Everyone was sitting on their 20B plastic sheets made from what look like product packaging sheets from a factory. At one point an Ambulance was trying to get through and everyone kept standing up and sitting down not sure if it would try to pass, in the end they gave up and turned around!
At the temple they were chanting/singing and everyone wraps a piece of string on their head from an above grid, connecting all of them together, wishing out bad omens from the current year and good fortunes for the next. We also saw Wat Arun (temple) did some shopping in the malls & markets, boat ride on the river