Songkran 2017

So what is going on around here and where does it happen? This section is for discussion on local events, festivals, and holidays as well as activities and things to do.
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Re: RE: Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:19 pm

hhinner wrote:
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Why bother at midnight?
I've just been back to last year's thread, and the trouble started at 2am according to the OP. Looking at the video, the party was still going strong until the violence.

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Bluesky » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:55 pm

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Thank you - it would be useful for many to understand what they mean by 'Public Areas'
This may provide some insight.
Under the Criminal code two areas of interest are defined under Chapter 1 Section 1 (2)(3)

(2) "Public way" means a land or waterway used by the public for traffic and includes a railway or tramway used for public conveyance;

(3) "Public place" means a place to which the public has a right of entry;

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:23 am

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Khundon1975 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:53 pm

Thailand. Don't know where or when.
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by PeteC » Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:53 am

Songkran rush starts early on roads

"HIGHWAYS leading to the North and Northeast became more congested than usual this weekend as many people working in Bangkok and nearby provinces made early journeys to their hometowns for the upcoming Songkran Festival."......

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:29 pm

OK guys, am I on another planet, or am I totally misreading what is being said? This is what I think has been said:

- Hua Hin Police Chief said no alcohol. So does this mean Hua Hin bars will be closed? If yes, how many/what days? I don't drink, but no alcohol days normally generate a lot of discussion on here.

- Water splashing will only be allowed in designated areas. Has anybody heard what those areas are? I've basically heard Pone Kingpetch Park and there will be a foam party at Market Village. Is there anything else being permitted, water wise? Is the 5 Street Foam Party happening this year?

- No partying after midnight. If the above is correct (I hope it isn't), there isn't going to be a party anyway.

The whole event seems to be a washout, or am I misinterpreting the rules.

If nothing changes, I'll probably stay home with a good movie or six.
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by HHTel » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:15 pm

As usual, there is no definitive instruction, just different 'jobsworths' spouting their own 'rules'. Right hand not talking to the left hand. No change there.

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by hhinner » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:20 pm

Is there even the usual parade?

I seem to recall reading that alcohol would be banned in the"splashing areas".


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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by STEVE G » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:08 pm

hhinner wrote:
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:20 pm
Is there even the usual parade?

I seem to recall reading that alcohol would be banned in the"splashing areas".
So if I can find somewhere that alcohol is not banned, I get to stay dry? If so, that sounds like an improvement!

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:34 pm

hhinner wrote:
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:20 pm
Is there even the usual parade?
I've definitely read (think I've posted it here somewhere) that the Parade will depart Pone Kingpetch Park sometime between 12 and 2 on the 13th.
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by hhinner » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:52 pm

^^ So, will there be water splashing allowed along the parade route, and if so, will bars along the route be not allowed to sell booze then? Would bar owners prefer to be in the wet areas and not sell booze or be in the dry areas and able to sell booze?

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by HHTel » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:24 am

Just found this which implies a nation wide rule:
Officials in Thailand have ordered that water-throwing activities during Songkran be confined to designated zones in all major provinces.
Alcohol is to be banned in areas where water fights are expected, officials said.
Splashing activities will be allowed in the municipal area, where pick-up trucks are permitted to enter carrying revellers as well as tubs filled with water.
However, water-throwing from the back of pick-ups will be banned along major roads and highways, in compliance with the government’s order, according to the provincial authorities.
Community checkpoints manned by volunteers will also be set up in villages in provinces to encourage motorists not to drink and drive to promote safe driving, according to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth).
Checkpoints can also double as rest stops for motorists who are tired during long drives.

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by margaretcarnes » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:45 am

HHTel wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:24 am
Just found this which implies a nation wide rule:


Community checkpoints manned by volunteers will also be set up in villages in provinces to encourage motorists not to drink and drive to promote safe driving, according to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth).
And still - despite so called moves to improve road safety - they say checkpoints manned by VOLUNTEERS.... to ENCOURAGE motorists not to drink and drive. Then they will wonder why the Songkran death toll is so high - again.

Isn't it the job of the police to man checkpoints etc? Not to mention enforce the law. Or maybe I forget. The police will be chucking water around as well. In moderation and without drinking of course. :banghead:
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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Name Taken » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:18 am

So does anyone know how long the Post Office and Postal/Mail Service is going to be shut down during this Songkran silly stuff?

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Re: Songkran 2017

Post by Big Boy » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:38 pm

The plot thickens - the 5 Street Foam Party is sponsored by Leo, so I guess water splashing and beer will be happening.
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