TAT estimates 18.5 billion baht spent during Songkran festival

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has estimated that Songkran celebrations have seen about 18.5 billion baht in spending by revellers across the country. For this year, the TAT estimates…

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Traders warned not to sell high-pressure water guns

Traders have been warned not to sell high-pressure water guns or face up to three years in prison and/or a maximum fine of 600,000 baht, Office of Consumer Protection Board…

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Water in Chao Phraya and 21 other rivers unfit for splashing during Songkran

Songkran revellers in Bangkok and Nonthaburi province are advised not to use water from the Chao Phraya River for splashing during the Songkran festival, because it is polluted by high…

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Bangkok police start random drunk driving checks on Wednesday

The Metropolitan Police Bureau has set up about 100 checkpoints throughout Bangkok to check drivers and motorcyclists for alcohol consumption, starting at noon today (Wednesday), because drinking increases during the…

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UNESCO to consider Songkran as an intangible cultural heritage in December

UNESCO has approved the inclusion of the Songkran festival in the tentative list of Intangible Cultural Heritages (ICH) for consideration in December this year, Thailand’s Culture Minister Itthiphol Khunpluem said…

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Authorities stationed at Khaosan Road to enforce water splashing ban

Police, city officials and military personnel have been deployed at Khaosan Road in Bangkok today (Thursday) to enforce the water splashing restriction, imposed by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration…

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Thai PM says everyone must strictly comply with water splashing restriction

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned everyone, including tourists and business operators, that they must strictly comply with the Songkran water splashing restriction, said Government Spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana today. His announcement…

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Foreign tourists and locals take part in water fights to celebrate Thai New Year, locally known as Songkran, at Khao San Road in Bangkok on April 13, 2022. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Tourists ignore Songkran water-fight ban on Bangkok’s Khaosan Road

A large number of locals and foreign tourists flocked to Bangkok’s Khaosan Road last night (Wednesday) to engage in Songkran water fights, despite the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s ban on the…

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Thais celebrate Songkran festival nationwide

Thais have braved surging COVID-19 infections to celebrate the annual Songkran festival, the traditional Thai New Year, in a joyful yet subdued manner and without the normal excited water splashing…

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Bangkok’s Khaosan Road businesses drop plans for Songkran celebrations

Business owners in the Khaosan area of Bangkok have decided to cancel plans for Songkran celebrations this year, citing the multiple restrictions with which they would have to comply. President…

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Road construction vehicles torched in Thailand’s southern Pattani province

Suspected insurgents set fire to a backhoe, one road grader, a water truck and two utility poles in the southern border province of Pattani on Monday. Six armed men, believed…

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An virology expert at Chulalongkorn University, Dr. Yong Poovorawan

Dr. Yong proposes virtual visits to elderly over Songkran to limit COVID-19 spread

Thailand’s top virologist, Dr. Yong Poovorawan, says the current rate of COVID-19 infection is more serious than a year ago and suggests that the tradition of visiting the elderly, to…

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Thai Deputy PM’s free bowls of troubled water

Deputy Prime Minister and Palang Pracharat party leader General Prawit Wongsuwan appears to have landed himself in hot water by reportedly handing out 200,000 water bowls (“khan” in Thai) to…

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Songkran festivities may be allowed without water splashing

Songkran festivities may be allowed this year, but without water splashing. This will, however, have to be proposed to and sanctioned by the CCSA first. The Secretary General of the…

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The deserted street is seen at Siamsquare, which usually is crowded with tourists during a Songkran festival, after the government banned this festival amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand, April 13, 2020 REUTERS

Thais endure first-ever Songkran without family or fun 

The traditional family get-together for the April 13-15 Songkran holiday is extra special for Krissana Pongbhai – April 14 is also her birthday. However, this Thai New Year she will…

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Low key Songkran celebrations this year as coronavirus concerns grow

The annual Songkran water festival, in mid-April, has become the latest casualty of COVID-19, as organizers cancel several festive events.   Saensuk municipal mayor Narongchai Khunpluem said that the annual…

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Nine day holiday for Songkran ditched by PM

The idea of a nine day holiday over the Songkran festival this year, to promote domestic tourism following a sharp decline in tourist arrivals, especially from China, appears to have…

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King expresses concern over road accidents during Songkran festival

His Majesty the King has expressed concern over the loss of life in road accidents during the long Songkran holidays as casualties continue to mount. Deputy government spokesman, Lt-Gen Weerachon…

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Songkran death toll increases to 105 in two days

The Songkran death toll from road accidents since Thursday has jumped to 105, with more than 1,000 others injured, according to the Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Road Accidents. The centre reported that 57 people were…

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Bangkok’s Songkran mass exodus begins

From today, almost one million Thai and foreign travelers are expected to pass through Don Mueang international airport over the seven-day Songkran festival and holiday, which runs from tomorrow until…

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Drunk and reckless drivers face maximum penalties during Songkran

Drunk, reckless and speeding drivers, as well as those riding motorcycles without crash helmets, will face maximum penalties permissible by law during the Songkran festival, which starts next week, said…

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Cabinet approves five-day Songkran holiday

Songkran revelers will have five days to enjoy the Thailand’s annual water festival this year, after the Cabinet approved an additional public holiday on Friday April 12th. Government assistant spokesman…

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