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Pattaya Daily News

19 April 2007 :: 19:04:41 pm 25676

Wan Lai in full spate as water festival tracks through Pattaya environs

Over 10,000 Songkran revellers paralyzed the traffic as the peak day of the Songkran Festival - Wanlai - tracked its way up the Sukhumvit Road, yesterday, 18th April 2007, as seemingly the whole of Naklua took to the streets. The fun is likely to reach its most frenzied peak as the water festivities reach Pattaya, today, Thursday, 19th April.
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Reports, so far, indicate there is more restraint this year than in other years, at least among 80% of the players; hopefully this will continue. The festivities got off to a fine start in Naklua around noon, the normal time for mad dogs and Englishmen to go out into the midday sun. There being more Englishmen in Pattaya, one can expect to see more evidence of them on the streets today, as they, in common with the Thais and other foreigners, Western and others, join in with full gusto in the fun.

This year, complying with police requirements, most of the water pistol sellers co-operated with the Safety Campaign not to sell the high pressure PVC water pipe-guns. Those who fail to comply are liable to a 2,000 Baht fine.

Many of teenagers, renown previously for manic behaviour, were playing in a more restrained way, more in keeping with the true spirit of Songkran. Two things that we could not avoid, however, were the drinkers and the roaming pickups, packed with rival water throwers. These have been banned in Bangkok, but not as yet in Pattaya. A few drenched policemen were keeping a wary eye on them, but they survived the hot day with no great problem. Accidents were largely minor and no deaths directly relating to Songkran in Naklua were reported. People were happy to cool off and have fun.

The staff of PDN wish all our avid readers a Happy and safe Wanlai.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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