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    Phuket gets green light for Songkran water splashing

    Phuket has been given the green light for water splashing festivities during the upcoming Thai New Year of Songkran. The president of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation, Rewat Areerob, confirmed the good news after a three-year break of no water splashing. The official celebrations will be held in Phuket Town on Dibuk Road, in front of the Limelight Avenue shopping mall. But, in exchange for the water fun, alcohol and drugs will be banned. The mall is holding the event under the banner ‘Songkran No Al’ (meaning no alcohol). According to Phuket News, Rewat says the PPAO is working with the event organisers to try to cut down on the number of accidents by using prevention methods.

    “The Songkran No Al event had previously been held for nine consecutive years. It is the only Songkran festival in Phuket that has both Thai tourists and foreigners as participants, mostly aged 15-35. Not less than 25,000 people are expected to join the event."

    “The activities also include and maintain Songkran traditions, such as pouring water on elders’ hands and the bathing of Buddha images. People are also encouraged to dress in traditional costumes for the day."

    “The event will also include performances by local bands and famous bands from Bangkok.”
    The allowance of water splashing is expected to bring many more events island-wide, which will also seek to allow water splashing. Rewat says the event zone will be open from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

    Meanwhile, Pattaya is set to welcome back Songkran after a four-year absence due to pandemic restrictions. The festival, which is known for being the biggest and wettest party in Pattaya, will culminate on April 19 with Wan Lai, or the “Big Day.” However, health officials fear that the unbridled celebration could also bring a new spike in Covid-19 infections, as it has in previous years, even with muted festivities. Songkran, the Thai New Year water festival, is held in Pattaya later than the actual holiday April 13 to April 15. They do this in order to attract more tourists, rather than compete with celebrations around the nation.

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    Songkran water fights are returning to Pattaya

    It’s time to hold on to your water guns and get ready to make a splash after thePattaya mayor announced that the Songkran festivalwill go ahead in the city this year. The mayor made it clear that it’s going to be a soaking good time. That’s right, folks, the water fights are back on! The Facebook page Direct Line to the Mayor of Pattaya City yesterday posted about Songkran water fight events coming up on April 18 and 19.2023
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    The post says that Wan Lai Mueang Pattaya is back under the theme of The Road of Culture. On April 18, the event Wan Lai Na Kluea will be held at the Lan Pho Na Kluea market. On April 19, Wan Lai Pattaya will be held at Central Pattaya Beach. The post says that details will be made available later.

    However, water fights are likely to begin in some areas of the city around April 12 or 13, The Pattaya News reported. The entire region will celebrate, with hundreds of thousands of people on the streets throwing water.

    The Thai New Year and the famous water fights that come with it will return to Pattaya after three years of Covid-19 restrictions. This means that those who wish to avoid getting wet have plenty of warning, while those planning trips and holidays for Songkran can be reassured that water fights will be allowed.

    Songkran coincides with Pattaya’s biggest-ever concert, Rolling Loud, which will feature world-famous hip-hop and rap artists such as Cardi B, Travis Scott, Rick Ross, Lil Pump, Chris Brown, and many others. Malls in the area are also planning major concerts and Songkran events, and nearly every bar in the city will have special events and parties to mark the new year.

    The Pattaya Mayor’s announcement comes after several planning meetings, and it is expected that the event will draw a huge crowd of tourists. Whether you love it or hate it, the water festival is back and set to be bigger than ever. Pattaya isn’t the only spot in Thailand gearing up for Songkran. Phuket has been given the green light for water-splashing festivities during the upcoming Thai New Year.
    Last edited by Xerxes; 03-18-2023, 03:05 AM.