Farang Fight over Songkran spraying

Latest episode of farangs being stupid in Thailand. Video posted online shows a bulky foreign man driving a Honda Civic being confronted by another older foreigner. You can see the guy was getting back in the car when the old guy slaps the door with his had. The end result is that the older man provokes him into a fight and ends up getting punched to the ground. Sources online have said that the car driver’s daughter was spraying the old mans daughter. 

This is a classic case of how quickly and easily things can go bad. There are so many ways this could have been prevented:

  • Don’t put  your children in unsafe situations
  • Don’t create a situation where the other person loses face
  • Don’t deal with something happening by confrontation
  • If given the chance, walk away – don’t try and have the last word or get a parting shot in

Police in Pattaya don’t like high profile social media incidents and are likely to crack down on any assaults. This guy was driving an identifiable car and will likely be caught. 

Songkran is a really enjoyable festival but remember to be safe and if in doubt, remember, in many Asian societies you don’t rock the boat because harmony is valued over individual rights. The law in Thailand often lets offenders go leniently if there has been a provocation, such as the victim causing the attacker to lose face.

If you go to Thailand during Songkran, EXPECT to get wet, ESPECIALLY in Pattaya where tourists are equipped with high pressure water guns. This means, it is up to you to secure your electronic devices, children, or any other water-sensitive items BEFORE you venture out, or you should stay indoors.

You are unlikley to receive much sympathy if you complain about getting wet.  

Things could have gone very badly for everyone involved here, not only the victim, for example the guy in the car could have been dragged out by the group of Thai men and beaten.


richard coxley

Richard Coxley is a business consultant with over 12 years experience in Asia. He enjoys playing golf. He has travelled extensively in Thailand and currently resides in Pratumnak, Pattaya.

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