I tried to come up with a clever contraction for Easter and Songkran but the best I could do was Songkreaster, which was can all admit is the worst name for a holiday ever.
Technically Easter Sunday was the day before the beginning of Songkran (Thai New Year) but the Songkran holiday had well and truly started (as evidenced by the empty streets in Bangkok – many people went back to their home towns).
Lara and I were not sure how to mark Easter Sunday. A couple of hotels were putting on Easter dinner, but we’d already spent the day before at the Oriental.
We talked about how great it would be to eat the food our families were probably eating, so I called home to get more specific details. This year’s Easter Lunch at Fortuna HQ was inspired by traditional Greek Easter: lamb, 15 kinds of vegetable etc. I’m quite sure it was spite that drove my family to eat my favourite food while I was away (and brag about it on the phone). We did some research into Greek restaurants, but there was little to inspire us. So we decided to eat the next best thing – Japanese. Sushi at Easter. Hellooooo. Obvs.
After celebrating the resurrection of Christ with a bento box we headed off to Lumpini Park.
Keeping in mind that it was the middle of the day during the hottest days of the year, the park might not have been the most sensible choice. But we’re hardcore, so we toughed it out…
…As did Buddha
While Jesus gets so much attention on Easter Sunday it makes sense that Buddha took the day off.
What we saw next can only be described with photos.
This is a monitor lizard, which we discovered, after this one creepily revealed itself to us, are plentiful all over Lumpini park. By the time we left we’d have easily seen ten.
Taking a leaf out of the lizard’s book, we decided to get into the water….
By taking a paddle boat ride! Wow, best idea ever! The most fun you can have in Bangkok for $1.20.
While communing with the creatures of the lake the intrepid adventurers discovered new lands…
When our a voyage of discovery ended we took a rest under a shady tree and cooled off.