Songkran celebrations on Khao San Road this year is expected to be more subdued due to the mourning period for King Bhumibol. According to Suphakit Boonkan, the district officer for Phra Nakhon, the local business operators have been asked not to put on any concerts or events that play loud music during Songkran. This is because Khao San Road is very close to Sanam Luang which is still full of people coming to pay respects to the late king.
Although there won’t be any big activities organized on Khao San, this doesn’t mean people won’t be splashing water at each other. It is just that it will be more subdued this year. The local government also wants people to celebrate a more of a traditional Songkran. It should be noted that Songkran celebrations elsewhere in the city and across Thailand are expected to go ahead as normal. A press conference of Songkran events is expected to take place next week. I will post details here as and when I receive anything.
If I hear anything different about Songkran on Khao San Road, I will update it here. It is possible that they will backtrack on this. After all, that is what happened about Christmas and New Year. The government did make it clear that any events that are cultural and religious in nature can go ahead as long as it is done in an appropriate manner.