A Thai New Year '98
This year, we decided to spend our New Year in Bangkok.
We arrived in the city in time to watch the fireworks display from the Compass Rose Bar, on the top floor of the Westin-Banyan Tree.
We expected a very touristy event, but were surprised by a massive cultural festival that was mostly attended by Thai people. There was an energetic musical performance by a group from Isaan, in Northern Thailand. There were also a lot of cultural demonstrations and many handicrafts for sale.
We sat to watch a dance performance, when the ladies below sat down and invited us to
eat their food and drink their, um, stuff. I never did find out what we drank. They said
it was water, but it had a fruity flavor.
They didn't know it, but they kept our streak intact. Every time I've been to Thailand,
someone has given me free food.
The surprise of the evening came when we were looking for a taxi and stumbled on these
singers, performing from their boats in the canal. I don't know anything about the
origins of this, but it seemed very appropriate.
It was the perfect ending to a great night.