Songkran Road Toll 2017 – 390 Killed in “Seven Dangerous Days”

Songkran Road Toll 2017 - 390 Killed in 7 Dangerous Days

Songkran isn’t even over in some parts of the country but the official counting period for road deaths, accidents and injuries over the “seven dangerous days” of the week-long Songkran holiday period has already come to an end.
So with yet another ambitious road safety campaign in place and following a record 442 people killed last year over Songkran, could the daily road death count be substantially reduced this year? As usual, don’t hold your breath.

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Songkran in Pattaya 2017 – A Small Collection of the Hottest Clips

Songkran in Pattaya

Songkran, the traditional Thai new year festival and often touted as the “world’s largest water battle”, has kicked off in Pattaya a few days ago and will still be in full swing until Wednesday, April 19, when all hell is expected to break loose as usual.
Truth be told, we haven’t made it downtown yet ourselves. After all, this is our umpteenth Songkran in Pattaya and our enthusiasm for this one-week mayhem is somewhat restrained. Anyway, here’s a small collection of the coolest clips we’ve found so far on YouTube. A few more will be added by the end of the week when life returns to normal (and dry) on the hungover streets of Pattaya.
Watch and enjoy as you stay dry behind your screen!

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Alcohol Ban on Makha Bucha Day, February 11, 2017

Golden Buddha statue in Bangkok

This year, the important Buddhist holiday of Makha Bucha falls on Monday, February 11. Since this is a national holiday, government offices including your local immigration bureau, banks and many other businesses would usually be closed for one day. With Makha Bucha falling on a Saturday, however, and government offices being closed anyway, Monday, February 13, has been designated by the Thai government as a substitute holiday.
As usual on the four most important Buddha days, alcohol sales will be strictly banned nationwide and bars and entertainment venues in Pattaya required to close from midnight to midnight.

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No New Year Countdown Party in South Pattaya, Fireworks Banned

Following the death of King Bhumibol in October it was expected that this year’s new year celebrations would be slightly subdued and more low-key than in previous years. This has now been confirmed. For example, there will be no organized countdown party and concert at South Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier tonight as usual. Furthermore, fireworks… Continue Reading

End of Buddhist Lent – Alcohol Ban on October 16, 2016

The important Buddhist holy day of Wan Ork Pansaa this year falls on Sunday, October 16. Wan Ork Pansaa, also known as the end of Buddhist Lent, is a national holiday, and many businesses will be closed for one day. As mandatory on the four most important Buddha days, alcohol sales will be banned nationwide… Continue Reading

Visakha Bucha Buddha Booze Ban, May 20, 2016

Just a heads up: The important Buddhist and public holiday of Visakha Bucha this year falls on Friday, May 20. Being a national as well as one of the four most important religious holidays in the Thai calendar, Visakha Bucha doesn’t just result in government offices, immigration, banks etc. closed for a full day – … Continue Reading

Ladyboy ‘Nong Mo’ Crowned Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2016

In a three-hour event broadcast live on national TV Friday night, 22-year-old fashion design graduate Jirachaiya Sirimongkonnawin a.k.a. Nong Mo was crowned Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2016. Thailand’s biggest annual beauty pageant exclusively for ladyboys is being held by the Tiffany’s Show theatre in North Pattaya since 1998 and this year featured 30 transgender contestants from… Continue Reading

Songkran 2016 – Some Snapshots From the Streets of Pattaya

Songkran, originally the Thai new year festival but effectively an annual one-week water battle on the sweltering hot streets of Pattaya that cripples everyday life, has finally come to an end – thanks Buddha, many old-timers will say and breathe a sigh of relief that the one-week mayhem is finally over. Here’s a collection of… Continue Reading

Songkran Road Toll 2016 Sets New Record – 442 Killed in 7 Days

It’s the same macabre procedure as every year: Songkran, the traditional Thai new year and the longest public holiday period, hasn’t even officially begun and the media have already started to count the number of daily road deaths and people injured in traffic accidents over the so-called “seven dangerous days” of Songkran. Any other time… Continue Reading

Songkran in Pattaya 2016 – Daily Video Update

Songkran, the traditional Thai new year festival and often touted as the “world’s largest water battle”, has finally kicked off in Pattaya. We haven’t made it downtown yet ourselves (truth be told, this is our 17th Songkran in Pattaya and our enthusiasm for this one-week mayhem is somewhat restrained) but it seems like this year,… Continue Reading

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