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.
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!
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.