Connect with us

Thailand

Thais ok with limiting Songkran water fights – Nida Poll

Published

 on 

A recent poll has revealed that a majority of Thais are ok with limiting or banning this year’s Songkran water splashing activities. The National Institute of Development Administration conducted the poll via telephone interviews with around 1,315 people over the last 2 days.

The Nida poll reported today that almost 44% of respondents said water splashing should be prohibited nationwide during the Thai new year to prevent the possible spreading of the Covid-19 virus. Almost 21% said it should be allowed in low-risk areas (not hit by the second wave). And, around 18% said it should be allowed in all areas as long as it conforms to the “new normal” standards for Covid-19.

Only about 11% said water splashing should be allowed nationwide, a clear minority of respondents. Almost 65% said they would be concerned about the Covid virus spreading if water splashing was allowed. Around 27% said they would be “highly concerned” due to the Covid situation not being resolved.

But a majority of respondents, about 35%, said they would not be worried about the virus spreading, citing that people know how to protect themselves. A majority of pollsters, about 44%, also placed road accidents ahead of the Covid virus as being the most worrisome.

Water splashing did not seem be more important than keeping the Covid-19 virus from spreading as about 82% said they would forego the water activities if it meant keeping the virus at bay.

The respondents echoed recent announcements by Thailand’s Culture Minister, Itthiphol Kunplome, who says that, while this year’s Songkran holiday will go ahead, activities such as water splashing, foam parties, and the daubing of powder paste are likely to be banned. He added that the Bangkok Metropolitan Association may decide to close Khao San Road, which is normally a water fight epicentre.

The Bangkok Post reports that this year, the Thai New Year holiday can only be marked with traditional customs, such as the pouring of water over Buddha statues, paying respects to the elderly, giving food to monks, and other merit-making activities.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Ann Carter is an award-winning journalist from the United States with over 12 years experience in print and broadcast news. Her work has been featured in America, China and Thailand as she has worked internationally at major news stations as a writer and producer. Carter graduated from the Walter Williams Missouri School of Journalism in the USA.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Hot News11 mins ago

Suitcase in Japan held different kind of explosives as bomb squad finds sex toys

Crime18 mins ago

The world mourns mass shooting at northeast Thailand daycare centre

Hot News26 mins ago

World’s oldest dog Pebbles dies at age 22

Sponsored37 mins ago

5 reasons why Thailand educators shouldn’t miss Bett Asia in Bangkok this year

Crime30 mins ago

Mass shooting in northeast Thailand: Death toll rises to 37

Thailand47 mins ago

Mass shooting in Thailand 37 killed | GMT

World1 hour ago

Slaughtered Thai grandfather celebrated in street sign

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Hot News1 hour ago

A sickening scene as little ones massacred while sleeping at Thai nursery

Guides15 hours ago

Foodie Zone: Where to get vegan desserts in Bangkok 2022

Thailand16 hours ago

Thailand News Today | 36 dead in a mass shooting at a nursery in northeast Thailand

Guides16 hours ago

5 best wine bars in Bangkok offering rich and quality wine

North East17 hours ago

Hip businesses in northeast Thai province offer tasty food and fun experiences

Crime17 hours ago

British CEO arrested at Bangkok Airport over 40 million baht fraud accusations

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand’s 5 national parks raise entry fees for foreigners by 100%

Bangkok17 hours ago

Ari around invites Ari people to share good deeds through the app.

Press Room17 hours ago

Where to order cannabis/weed in Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending