Stay safe on Songkran

Posted by Andaman Sam on April 12th, 2013 filed in Activities, Family fun, Festivals, Partying, The locals, Tourist tips

Tomorrow is Songkran, one of the most exciting and anticipated holidays on the Thai calendar and a holiday that is enjoyed on all corners of the Kingdom. This year things will be a little bit different, as the police are enforcing strict laws to try to minimise the amount of accidents and crimes that happen on this day, which are usually quite high.

Drinking and driving is a major concern in Songkran and this year the government is hoping to stop this by restricting to certain times of the days as well selling alcohol to anyone under the age of 20. Other new laws in place this year includes the banning of talcum powder, standing on the back of a truck, and using high pressure water pistols. Some may thinks that these news laws are a bit harsh, others would disagree, but it looks as if the government is trying to bring back the traditional fun of Songran and eliminate the newer more dangerous traditions.

Traditionally the water was a sign of respect, as the water used was first used to cleanse a Buddha statue. Water was poured over someone’s shoulder rather than thrown at or shot threw a pistol as it is today. As well, it was a great way to cool off from the scorching heat. Nowadays it is more of a water fight than a religious holiday and in some ways has gotten a bit out of control.

Now a major festival, Songkran is not to be missed by first time holidaymakers visiting Phuket. The best places to celebrate Songkran in Phuket are in Central Patong and Phuket Town’s Saphan Hin. To read more about the Songkran festival as well as other popular festivals celebrated here visit this One Stop festivals and events page. For tips on staying safe in Phuket have a look at this webpage.


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