To splash or not to splash? Bangkok mulls Songkran events on Khao San Road, after tourism industry rebuke

Fret not, splash happy expats. The tourism industry is combating in your proper to a Songkran water fight. Now the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is mulling whether to allow Songkran water splashing festivities to be held on Khao San Road, after the CCSA’s unpopular announcement banning water splashing actions for a third consecutive yr sparked a lot backlash from native businesses last week.
Earlier, the CCSA had agreed that water splashing can be allowed at organised occasions — as lengthy as there isn’t any alcohol and occasions are under “Covid Free Setting” measures. Water splashing isn’t allowed on public areas, like roads. The authorities is specializing in allowing water splashing and pouring as a blessing at traditional Songkran events quite than the massive water fights the Thai vacation is internationally identified for.
On Thursday, business owners in Bangkok’s in style walking avenue teamed up with tourism professionals from Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai to draft and submit a joint petition urging the CCSA to repent of its party foul, fearing a loss of income.
The group has proposed a listing of measures for screening and limiting Songkran party individuals, based on the president of the affiliation of business operators on Khao San Road, Sa-nga Ruangwatthanakul.
“We will put in place measures to deal with party-goers on the 400-metre stretch of Khao San Road. We wish to clarify to the federal government that the country is making an attempt to welcome vacationers back, notably in the summertime when the Songkran pageant will be held.”

“But the famous water splashing is banned. With such a ban, how can we entice them to the country? We ask the government to permit the activity on April 12 to fifteen to advertise the pageant.”

Bangkok’s communicable disease committee will meet on Monday to contemplate their request and can announce their choice on Tuesday, based on clerk Khachit Chatchawanit. He added that the committee will “consider what is finest for Bangkok residents.”

According to the law, provincial communicable disease authorities might ask the CCSA’s operations centre to remove the unpopular Songkran restrictions, which can then move them on to the CCSA, according to the director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Opas Karnkawinpong.
The present Songkran precautions outlined by the Public Health Ministry say that festivities can nonetheless be held, albeit without the classic chaos of water fights and powder smearing in public, as well as no alcohol sales, according to a spokesperson for the CCSA, Apisamai Srirangson.
“Songkran occasions can still be held so long as the best precautions are taken, and folks can journey to other provinces to go to their relations and take part in conventional actions there.”

The CCSA’s present restrictions additionally encourage pageant observers to practice conventional activities without water, corresponding to bowing to elders at a distance of a minimum of 1 metre, as an alternative of pouring water on their arms as a sign of respect and blessing.
The restrictions, though well-meaning, fail to bear in mind the elderly’s need to be blessed and honoured by their younger relations, whereas also reflecting logical fallacies about the unfold of Covid-19 among members of the family.
Notably, Best selling takes place outside, where there might be loads of wind and UV mild. Also, the ceremony solely lasts for a moment, and everybody involved can wear masks, as is already regular practice in Thai society.
Meanwhile, expats can hold their breath and hope to splash.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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