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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