10,000’s of Songkran revellers in Khon Kaen are expected to break their own record today

April 15, 2011
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Tens of thousands of Songkran revellers in Khon Kaen are expected to break their own record today as they round off the three-day water festival with a gigantic human wave. Last year’s event, which took place on Khao Neaw Road, drew 42,652 participants. This year, the event organiser has sectioned off 800m of road, up from 650m, to ensure it can accommodate bigger crowds. Revellers have been warming up for today’s main event. On Wednesday, 23,104 people joined in...

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Songkran road deaths down by 30% so far compared to last year

April 15, 2011
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In Thailand, 116 people were killed and 1,760 injured in 1,626 accidents over the first three of the seven dangerous days of Songkran. Bangkok yesterday emerged as the province with the most traffic fatalities with the death toll at seven. Chiang Rai was second with six deaths. The death toll on Wednesday alone soared to 57, sharply higher than 29 and 30 on the first two days. Compared to the first three days of celebrations last year, deaths were...

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Bangkok breaks world record for largest water pistol fight

April 14, 2011
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Thailand has set a new Guinness World Record for the largest water pistol fight, with 3,477 participating in a ten-minute shootout in Bangkok. Thousands of people armed with water pistols took part in the event, breaking the record set by 2,671 Spaniards in 2007. The world record attempt also coincided with Thailand’s New Year Songkran Water Festival. ‘Today, we made the world’s largest water fight’, said deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot. ”We are happy and all Thais are also...

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Pictures of Songkran fun in the Rain 2011

April 13, 2011
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Pictures of Songkran fun in the Rain 2011

Despite some heavy rain this morning, local people in Samut Prakan come out to celebrate Songkran by throwing water at each other. Today is the official start of the water fights and will continue for at least three days.

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Enjoy the traditional Songkran at Rattanakosing Exhibition Hall in Bangkok

April 13, 2011
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Enjoy the traditional Songkran at Rattanakosing Exhibition Hall in Bangkok

A good place to enjoy the traditional side of Songkran, and probably learn a bit about its culture and history, is at the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue in Bangkok. For this month, until 30th April 2011, they have a free exhibition where you can learn about Songkran in the four regions of Thailand. Outside they also have an old Thai style food market and cultural shows in the evening. Pictures on Facebook >>>

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Bangkok aims for record breaking water fight during Songkran

April 13, 2011
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At 4pm on Wednesday 13 April, more than 3,000 challengers will gather at the vast plaza of CentralWorld in Bangkok to shoot water from their cannons at each other for at least 10 minutes nonstop, in an effort to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Source: The Nation

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On 13th April Thais will give alms to monks & pour water on hands of elders

April 12, 2011
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On 13th April Thais will give alms to monks & pour water on hands of elders

Early on the morning of 13th April, I will be joining hundreds of local people in Samut Prakan to give alms to monks. Thai people do this to make merit which is a good way to start the new year. Afterwards, Thai people will pour rose scented water over the hands of their elders. In return they will receive a blessing. These events will happen all over Thailand on this day. Many places will also have Songkran parades.

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Celebrate Songkran today at Nakaphirom Park and Wat Pho in Bangkok

April 12, 2011
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Celebrate Songkran today at Nakaphirom Park and Wat Pho in Bangkok

There are two places in Bangkok where you can celebrate the more traditional side of Songkran this week. These are Nakaphirom Park and Wat Pho. They are next door to each alongside the Chao Phraya River. The easiest way to go there is by river express boat to pier N8 at Thai Tien. They are open all day but the cultural shows are only in the late afternoon and evening. At Wat Pho they are on between 4 p.m....

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ABAC Poll: Most Bangkokians to spend Songkran in Thailand

April 12, 2011
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Most of the people in Bangkok and vicinities are planning to spend their long Songkran holidays inside Thailand with the average spending of 6,898 baht per person, according to a recent survey by Assumption University Research Center (ABAC Poll). The survey was conducted with 1,509 respondents aged more than 18 residing in Bangkok and vicinities from 5 to 10 April 2011. Asked about their plans during Songkran Festival this year, 97.5% of the respondents indicated they would travel within...

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Thai Airways slashes prices by 50% to boost tourism during Songkran

April 12, 2011
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Thai Airways International (THAI) has slashed its prices by 50% during Songkran Festival while the elders are able to use the Airport Link train for free. Executive Vice President for THAI’s Commercial Department Pandit Chanaphai has said the prices of domestic flights en route to Bangkok from across the country except from Samui Island will be reduced by 50% from 12-14 April, 2011. All flights flying to Bangkok from Chiang Mai costs 1,580 THB, Chiang Rai 1,830 THB, Khon...

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29 people dead in road accidents on the first day of Songkran

April 12, 2011
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Twenty-nine people were killed in road accidents yesterday, the first of the “seven dangerous days” of the Songkran holiday, from April 11 to 17, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported on Tuesday. Nonthaburi, Ayutthaya and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces had the highest number of road fatalities at three each. About 400 people were injured in road accidents yesterday. Ayutthaya province had the most injured people at 22. Most accidents, or about 30.14 per cent, were attributed to...

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Most tourists want to enjoy Songkran on Khao San Road

April 12, 2011
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Khao San Road in Bangkok is the most favored spot to celebrate Songkran in the view of foreign tourists, followed by Chiang Mai province and Silom Road, according to a recent survey by Bangkok University Research Institute (Bangkok Poll). The survey was conducted with foreign tourists during 2 to 3 April 2011, on their attitude toward traveling in Bangkok. The findings showed 53.4% of the respondents were interested to celebrate the water-splashing festival of Songkran. 24.5% were not while...

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sends New Year message to the Thai people

April 12, 2011
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Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC April 11, 2011 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send best wishes to the people of Thailand as you celebrate the Songkran Festival and the Thai New Year in the coming days. During my visit to Thailand two years ago, I was impressed with the optimism of the Thai people and the opportunities for our two countries to grow even stronger. Thailand is one of our most...

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340,000 people expected to leave Bangkok by bus for Songkran

April 11, 2011
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The Hua Lampong railway station in Bangkok has been busy with passengers traveling back home during the Songkran holidays. The State Railway of Thailand reported that people started leaving Bangkok since last Friday. The number of passengers traveling during the long break is estimated at more than 100,000 a day, an increase of 50 percent compared with normal periods.  Today and tomorrow are believed to be the busiest travel days. The railway authority said it has added 4 additional...

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Interior ministry targets 10% road accident reduction during Songkran

April 11, 2011
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Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul on Monday opened Thailand’s Road Safety Centre with the aim to prevent and reduce road accidents during this year’s Songkran Festival by 10%. In his capacity as the director of the Road Safety Centre, Mr Chavarat said road accident statistics last year have been analysed to adjust measures to reduce the number of road accidents, casualties, and fatalities during the long Songkran Festival holidays. In 2010, daily road accidents averaged 559 daily with 616 persons...

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Booze-free safe zones set up for Songkran Festival

April 11, 2011
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Thailand will designate 60 alcohol-free “safety areas” across the country during this week’s Songkran new year celebrations to decrease violence and sexual assaults that result from drunken revelry. The pedestrian-only areas – within which alcohol cannot be sold, carried or consumed – will be set up across 44 provinces during the holiday which runs from April 13 to 17. Drunken revelry will still be permitted in Bangkok’s popular party zones but in some provinces the safety areas will apply...

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Songkran has already started at Seacon Square

April 10, 2011
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Songkran has already started at Seacon Square

The Songkran celebrations have already started at Seacon Square, a shopping mall in the Eastern suburbs of Bangkok. Make merit with Buddha images, watch cultural shows and eat delicious Thai food. The malls are always a good place to escape the heat and waterfights.  

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BMA to hold Songkran celebration at Lan Khon Muang Plaza

April 10, 2011
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will organize activities for the upcoming Songkran Festival at Lan Khon Muang plaza in front of the Bangkok City Hall from 12 to 15 April 2011 in the water festival style. Bangkok Deputy Governor Taya Teepsuwan announced that the activities are aimed at celebrating Songkran in traditional ways and encouraging revelers to express their respect to parents and senior citizens. The event will be arranged daily during 9.00 – 23.00 hrs from 12 to...

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Mass exodus of Bangkok for Songkran begins

April 9, 2011
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Workers and holidaymakers on Saturday began leaving Bangkok and heading upcountry to celebrate the Songkran festival. Songkran revelers began to queue up at Bangkok’s Mor Chit bus station to buy tickets to ensure that they would be able to celebrate the annual water splashing festival with their relatives and friends, which officially starts from next Wednesday to Friday. State-run Transport Company limited has announced that it would increase its daily bus services from Bangkok to upcountry by about 1,900 ...

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Hotel reservations in many tourist destinations in Thailand at a record high in 3 years

April 9, 2011
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Hotel reservations in many tourist destinations in Thailand at a record high in 3 years

In Koh Samui, 20-50% of room reservations for Songkran have been cancelled amid reports of serious storms and floods hitting the island, damaging roads and public infrastructure. However, Bannasat Ruangjan, president of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, said major utilities such as electricity and water supply, roads, the airport and ports were ready to serve tourists in the upcoming holidays. “We’re still happy with the 50% reservation level for this Songkran as it is better than last year,...

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Poll reveals where people want to play Songkran the most

April 9, 2011
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According to a poll conducted by the Research Center of Bangkok University, the most popular place for people to play Songkran is Khao San road in Bangkok (34.6%). This is followed by Chiang Mai (22.5%), Silom Road in Bangkok (15.7%) and Pattaya (12.9%). Source: Pattaya Daily News

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“Most tourist places in Krabi, Phuket & Koh Samui were not affected by flooding”

April 9, 2011
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Maiyarat Pheerayakoset, president of the Association of Domestic Travel, called on the Tourism and Sports Ministry and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to visit the South as soon as possible. The officials are also urged to go and see unaffected tourism areas. “What they need to do is to promote travel by local people to all unaffected areas during the annual Songkran festival,” she said. She said most tourist places in Krabi, Phuket and Koh Samui were not...

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Offer food to 11,111 monks on Sunday in Samut Prakan City

April 8, 2011
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Offer food to 11,111 monks on Sunday in Samut Prakan City

On Sunday 10 April 2011, Buddhists are invited to come to Samut Prakan city to offer alms to 11,111 monks in a mass alms giving ceremony. The ceremony takes place along Prakhonchai road from the clock tower intersection.  The event starts at 6 a.m. ตักบาตรพระ 11,111 รูป:เทศบาลนครสมุทรปราการ ร่วมกับ สมาคมพุทธรักษา ภาคีสหพันธ์รวมใจไทยทั้งชาติ ชมรมชาวพุทธสมุทรปราการ เครือข่ายชาวพุทธและภาคเอกชน กำหนดจัด “โครงการตักบาตรพระ 11,111 รูป ถวายเป็นพุทธบูชา” ในวันอาทิตย์ที่ 10 เมษายน 2554 เวลา 06.00-08.00 น. ณ สามแยกหอนาฬิกา ถ.ประโคนชัย ต.ปากน้ำ อ.เมือง จ.สมุทรปราการ  โดยจัดขึ้นเพื่อถวายเป็นพุทธบูชาแด่องค์พระสัมมาสัมพุทธเจ้า

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Suvarnabhumi Airport dressed up for Songkran

April 8, 2011
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Suvarnabhumi Airport dressed up for Songkran

Suvarnabhumi International Airport has launched activities in conjunction with the upcoming Songkran Thai New Year Festival, 13-15 April, by decorating the terminal and holding cultural activities for passengers. To impress both Thai and international tourists, the terminal has been re-decorated and festive activities have been prepared for tourists, during which they will be invited to pour lustral water on Buddha statues, and to decorate sand pagodas with small flags. Flying Officer Anirut said over 1.5 million passengers are expected...

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During Songkran, most shops are open & transport running, but…

April 8, 2011
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During Songkran, most shops are open & transport running, but…

It is coming up to the Songkran holidays in Thailand and we are already getting questions about what is open or closed during the holiday. From 13-15 April 2011 it is a public holiday in Thailand so all banks, post offices, water & electricity authorities and basically all government offices will be closed. As Songkran is Wednesday to Friday this year you should be aware that they will remain closed for five days which includes the weekend. That is...

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People urged to donate blood during Songkran

April 8, 2011
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The National Blood Center of the Thai Red Cross Society has called for blood donations in order to fill in the depleting blood reserves necessary for use during the upcoming long holidays of Songkran. According to National Blood Center Director Medical Doctor Soisa-ang Pikulsod, the center will organize a 9-day campaign encouraging people to donate blood from 9 to 17 April 2011 at the National Blood Center on Henri Dunant Road in Bangkok. The center must find at least...

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Senior citizens & little children to get free BTS rides during Songkran

April 8, 2011
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The Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) sky train will provide free services for senior citizens aged more than 60 years during Songkran Festival from 13 to 15 April 2011 during its service hours from 6.00 to 24.00 hrs throughout Songkran Festival. BTS Group Chief Operating Officer (COO) Surapong Laoha-Unya stated that the promotion will be launched in order to promote the Family Day and Senior Citizens Day as well as encourage family members to travel together by using BTS...

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