Government Urges Public to Use Water Sparingly During Songkran
BANGKOK – Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul discussed with officials of the Ministry of Culture a planned campaign for the public to use water sparingly while still engaging in Songkran festival and other cultural activities during drought season.
The campaign will limit zones for water-splashing festivities in major provinces such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen where there will be fewer water distribution points.
She revealed that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports has called on tour companies to inform foreigners of proper etiquette during the water-splashing events to help promote the country’s good image.
Songkran in Chiang Rai is a great opportunity to join in with the Thai people in the water fun. Just get down to Jet Yod Road and join any one of the bar crews who will provide you with buckets, water pistols or what ever. There’s live music, especially from Sam’s Cat Bar where the big jungle drum will be on the street setting the beat. Or get out of town and see how Songkran is celebrated in the countryside.
On Songkran Day, get up early in the morning to watch and food and daily needs being offered to the monks at the temples. Go back to the temple at midday to witness an offering of blessed water and the changing of the Buddha’s robes. In the afternoon you can watch the image of the Buddha paraded through the streets and see the Miss Songkran beauty festival parade. In the evening there are live music performances and the judging of Miss Songkran.
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