Govt to ban Songkran water splashing, water guns, alcohol, skimpy clothing - the Songkran 2018 thread

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Govt to ban Songkran water splashing, water guns, alcohol, skimpy clothing - the Songkran 2018 thread

Post by Big Boy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:28 pm

Here we go again - you can't do this, you can't do that, but on the day in question, there'll be nobody to enforce it, and it'll all be ignored.

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/police ... -songkran/

[Edit: title changed to create one general songkran thread.]
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Re: Police to ban Songkran water splashing on all main and secondary roads

Post by buksida » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:16 am

Looks like alcohol and skimpy clothing will be banned also:

Avoid sex assault: Don't dress sexy, says government
Local authorities are telling women to avoid dressing in sexy outfits as they try to prevent sexual harassment or sex assault cases during next month's Songkran festival.

Department of Local Administration department director-general Sutthipong Chulcharoen said local bodies would arrange alcohol-free zones for revellers, and launch campaigns to encourage tourists, particularly women, to dress appropriately ...

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... government


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Re: Police to ban Songkran water splashing on all main and secondary roads

Post by oakdale160 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:45 am

Yes and the much-feared police force will of course obey the govt order and enforce the directives to the letter.

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Re: Police to ban Songkran water splashing on all main and secondary roads

Post by Big Boy » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:56 am

I've learnt in my short time living here that they are full of hot air. When the day arrives, it's no different to the previous year.
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Re: Police to ban Songkran water splashing on all main and secondary roads

Post by HHTel » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:02 pm

Well me and my family will be holidaying in Langkawi from the 10th returning after Songkran. Choosing the dates was no accident. I shall enjoy Songkran this year!!!!

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Re: Police to ban Songkran water splashing on all main and secondary roads

Post by Takiap » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:12 pm

I'm sure there will be many who disagree with me, but I for one would hate to see the police enforce any of that which has been mentioned in this post. :duck:


As for splashing water on main and secondary roads is concerned, I think banning it may lead to even more accidents. At least when there's splashing and water throwing, cars and bikes are more or less forced to slow down or stop. Let's face it, most road fatalities over Songkran happen on stretches of road where there's not a bucket of water in sight.


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Re: Police to ban Songkran water splashing on all main and secondary roads

Post by handdrummer » Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:36 pm

The water dept. could just turn off the water for the day and that would take care of it. Or the police could impose martial law for the day; nobody can leave their house. Songkran could be eliminated from the holiday calendar. I'm sure there's lot of possibilities for controlling the population; Germany, Russia, China, N. Korea; they all had/have solutions to unruliness.

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Water Guns Banned During Songkran

Post by 404cameljockey » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:38 pm

Hua Hin Today Facebook page - I think they're a day early, April 1st is tomorrow.

"Water Guns Banned During Songkran
In previous years this illegality has been ignored, however the ban on using water guns will be vigorously enforced nationwide during the forthcoming Songkran celebrations.
An official statement, released today, reminds all revellers that engaging in water fights with water guns is prohibited as pointing simulated firearms at people is no different from pointing real semi-auto handguns or rifles.
The statement says that “water guns can only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn. Pointing any type of firearm or simulated firearm at any individual is illegal. As simulated explosives are also illegal, ‘water bombs’ must be small, biodegradable balloons and filled to be no larger than a ping pong ball.”
Penalties for offenders include being ‘branded’ using coloured paste."

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Re: Water Guns Banned During Songkran

Post by HHTel » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:42 pm

Agreed it would make much more sense if issued on April 1st.

This land gets sillier and sillier. However, I would be quite happy if the banned Songkran altogether. But that's just me being selfish.
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Re: Water Guns Banned During Songkran

Post by hhinner » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:42 pm

Maybe if they didn't look so realistic.

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Re: Water Guns Banned During Songkran

Post by 404cameljockey » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:23 pm

Water bombs restricted too. I'll have to shelve my plan to drop this from a Bintabaht hotel room window.

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Re: Water Guns Banned During Songkran

Post by handdrummer » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:01 pm

Songkran originated in Yunan, China, where it's still celebrated quite freely and raucously.

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Re: Water Guns Banned During Songkran

Post by johnjar » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:35 pm

404cameljockey wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:38 pm
Hua Hin Today Facebook page - I think they're a day early, April 1st is tomorrow.

"Water Guns Banned During Songkran
In previous years this illegality has been ignored, however the ban on using water guns will be vigorously enforced nationwide during the forthcoming Songkran celebrations.
An official statement, released today, reminds all revellers that engaging in water fights with water guns is prohibited as pointing simulated firearms at people is no different from pointing real semi-auto handguns or rifles.
The statement says that “water guns can only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn. Pointing any type of firearm or simulated firearm at any individual is illegal. As simulated explosives are also illegal, ‘water bombs’ must be small, biodegradable balloons and filled to be no larger than a ping pong ball.”
Penalties for offenders include being ‘branded’ using coloured paste."
"Water Guns Banned During Songkran" Good :) Throwing buckets of water is one thing, but water under pressure is dangerous especially with no eye protection, it's common sense.

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Re: Police to ban Songkran water splashing on all main and secondary roads

Post by 404cameljockey » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:57 pm

Throwing buckets of water over motorcyclists is also unacceptably dangerous. Iced water worse. There are a few aspects of Songkran that are way out of control. But at least Hua Hin isn't the worst place to experience it.

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Re: Police to ban Songkran water splashing on all main and secondary roads

Post by Big Boy » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:15 am

The tourist Police have issued their 'Songkran, Stay Safe' poster campaign. It'll all be OK then..............
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