Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chiang Rai Trek: A Night for Kig(s)

Just kidding! We didn't sleep on the dirt. We laid down little mats in the main room, which was a beautiful all-wood hall of sorts--it would have looked fine as a clubhouse next to a neighborhood swimming pool, I think. When our pallets were laid down, and we all sufficiently felt like we were living in a photograph of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" (actually, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this thought crossed only my mind as we were laying out our pallets), we sat down to play a Thai drinking game called "Kig," which is Tinglish for Kings. Thai Kings is way different than American Kings (White people be walkin' like this!). Here is what each card in Thai kings represents, to my memory:

(Each glass has five drinks in it. You must finish your glass in five drinks or else you have shamed yourself and your family).

Ace: Give out one drink to anyone.
Two: Parcel out two drinks however you'd like (one drink to two people, or two drinks to one person)
Three: Parcel out three drinks however you'd like.
Four: Parcel out four drinks however you'd like.
Five: Parcel out four drinks however you'd like.
Six: Categories (Name a category, go around in a circle. I was at a major advantage, as we were playing in English. Sorry, Thai people who have a passing acquaintance with the English names for fruits).
Seven: The counting game where you can't say the number 'seven.' (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, UP!, 8, 9...). (I was again at an advantage as we played in English. Two games ended simply because someone said a number out of sequence (e.g. 10, 11, 13...WRONG!)
Eight: Come up with the rule.
Nine: Person to your left drinks.
Ten: Person to your right drinks
Jack: Don't talk to that person.
Queen: Whenever a person does a certain movement, everyone else has to do that movement, too. Last person to mimic the movement drinks. This was always a favorite when someone else was already chugging.
King: Here is the "point" of the game: For the first three games, you make up things that the person who draws the fourth king has to do. So, for example, the first King was drawn, and the rule was "Run around the house." The second rule was "Drink a glass of Sangsom on the rocks." The third rule was "Drink another glass of Sangsom on the rocks." The fourth rule was "Rig it so that the stupid white guy draws the fourth kings."

So, yes, I began the night, which saw this game played three times, in addition to constant drinking of mixed Sangsom drinks, to having to run around the house and then chug two half-glasses of Sangsom on the rocks. Also, I drew the final King in the third game, too, and drank another half-glass of Sangsom on the rocks.

Good thing we didn't have to wake up at 7 in the morning the next day or else I would have been really hungover!

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