Bangkok will go into a fun-filled, festive water-splashing mode for four days running starting Thursday (April 12).
The main event, to be hosted by the City Hall, will be at the Lumpini park under the theme Bangkok Songkran, Splashing Happiness to All Ages, A Return to the Old Thai Style.
The event will start with the procession of Phra Phuttha Sihing from the National Museum to the Lumpini park to allow members of the public to pour water at the Buddha image for good luck on the Thai New Year.
This will be the first time that Lumpini park was chosen as the main venue for the holding of Songkran celebration by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The downtown public park is an ideal location given the fact that it situates near Silom Road whihc has been another top destination for water splashing frenzy among locals and tourists alike besides Khao San road.
Other venues for celebration include Phu Khao Thong or the famed Golden Mountain at Wat Sa Ket, Central World, Siam Square, eight Chao Phraya river piers such as Wat Arun, Wat Kalayamitr, Wat Prayurawongsawas, Asiatique and Wat Pho.
However, water splashing is banned on some areas such as the entire road along Klong Thawi Watthana from Phetkasem to Borommaratchachonnani road.
Complaint points are to be set up around Khao San road to receive complaints from revelers against sexual harassment or other physical abuses.
Shops and convenience stores have been asked not to see liquor to youths under 20.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)