Water-fight restrictions for Songkran

8 Apr 2013

The Thai government has announced there will be restrictions to water-fights for the forthcoming Songkran Festival. The Interior Ministry has ruled that pick-up trucks cannot be used as mobile attack units in the water fights and that each local authority has to establish safe-fight zones.

Water-fights are an essential part of the Songkran festivities in Thailand. On Koh Samui the main water-fight zones are concentrated on the main roads through Chaweng, Lamai and Bo Phut. In recent years Thai residents and holidaymakers have used their pick-up trucks to join the battles.

Drivers load up their trucks with large containers of water and drive along the main routes. Revellers in the back of the trucks then use the water to throw or squirt at people laying in wait alongside the roads.

The ensuing water-battles have become famous and international tourists often time their holidays to coincide with Songkran so that they can join in the fun. The Thai government says the practice of using pick-ups is dangerous and plays a big part in the increase in accidents during the annual festival period.

Samui authorities have not officially announced the safe-play zones yet, but they are expected to conform to the locations used in previous years. Police are also expected to set up checkpoints on the main routes around and through the island to enforce safe driving and check drivers are not driving under the influence of alcohol.  

This 1Stop Samui webpage has more details about Songkran and its origins.   

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