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Pattaya announces plans to hold Songkran Festival




The tourist city of Pattaya is planning to hold Thai New Year, or Songkran Festival, this year as long as they receive the “go ahead” from the government. The Pattaya City Mayor, Sonthaya Khunplume, made the announcement today, saying that the water festival will be held with all the traditional activities including those taking place at temples.

Songkran is the biggest holiday of the year for Thai people and falls on the public holidays from April 10 to 15. Pattaya City officials say they have a plan to celebrate the “Big Day” of Wan Lai on April 19, which will include water fights, as long as the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and the Ministry of Public Health approves it.

The event, which is hoped to domestic tourism and the local economy, will feature covid precautions. Mask-wearing and going through screening checkpoints will be part of the safety measures for the event, as well as crowd limits, temperature checks and social distancing.

The Pattaya City mayor has pointed towards the city’s past successes in holding events under the Covid-19 safety measures. Such events included fireworks and music festivals. He went on to assure that holding the Songkran Festival would be successful as well under the Covid safety regulations.

Recently, Pattaya City launched the “Welcome Back Pattaya” campaign to lure domestic tourists back to the city as Covid-19 situation has continually improved. The campaign is aimed towards attracting domestic tourists and is expected to boost the local economy after many businesses in the province were ordered to close last month.

Those businesses were already struggling to survive as many hotels took their featured restaurants to the streets by offering take-away meals and street stalls. Schools, entertainment venues, gyms, pools among others have reopened with travel restrictions, for people entering the province, also having been lifted.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Issan John

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Not so sure if it will attract local tourists to actually spend anything.

    Traditionally it’s a low point for Pattaya as all the working girls and boys head home, and drunken foreign tourists throw water at the equally drunken locals who’ve loaded up the pick up with water and booze and block the roads.

    Plenty of beer sold, but mainly from 7-11, Big C and Lotus.

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    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Bet one million against a bean that in first week of April new Myanmar clusters will pop out.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    For once I agree with you I john.
    Restaurants close down.
    Expats stock up with food DVDs and and beer and avoid going out.
    They only go out early morning.
    Songkran used to be good when it was three – five days and ended at
    Now it is eight days
    It become irritating after seven days, and being still being soaked at nine o/clock at night with water from an big drum with ice?
    Still the Thais like it they come in for the day, or two days and sleep in the bed of the back of their trucks.
    There is not a lot of fun in Thailand at the moment with this government administration.

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    James R

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11:06 pm


    So basically good fun for all then.

    Plus the shops will make money, it is better than nothing, you can stay home if you wish while the ‘drunken……..” have good time.

    You were probably young once, plus it is their country after all, you are just a long term visitor unless of course you have Thai permanent residency which is very rare.

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    Fred glue

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 4:16 am

    Kingdom of Thailand does not need the approval of T-A, or I-j. Let the people have fun, there is going too be a
    celebration (party) T-A & I-j put your dancing shoes on & go & have some fun. Don’t grudge people for enjoying them selfs, James R well done, go & buy yourself a cold beer or two. T-A & I-J would grudge children for having a birthday cake ?, two drips make a drop. I’m with you James R, let the party begin,,, ???

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    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Here here Fred. If you dont like the way Thais celebrate Songkran, go home.

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    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 12:50 pm


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    David Mann

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I like Songkran although 3 days is enough for anyone. However, the day after they announced that Songkran celebrations would take place, the government then announced that “Thailand bans assemblies, protests, mass gatherings citing Covid-19 fears”. Totally baffling policy making. We all now of course it has nothing to do with Covid-19 fears.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Well the Thais will have a good time, do not object.
    Many expats do not.
    However many Thais in business in Pattaya will suffer from reduced income – from the expats.
    Thais could once afford this . . . .

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