1,000 police, volunteers on patrol for last weekend of Songkran

Friday, 18 April 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By  Urasin Khantaraphan

About 1,000 police officers and volunteers will be on patrol as Pattaya celebrates its official Songkran day Saturday.

Beach Road from the Dolphin Roundabout to Walking Street and up to the intersection of South and Second Roads will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the water fight known as “Wan Lai.” Water supplies will be available at nine locations along the soggy strip.

The annual Songkran flower parade will start at Chaimongkol Temple and run down Second Road to Central Road, back along Beach Road and returning to the temple. All streets between Beach and Second roads will also be closed to traffic.

Police arrive on the scene of this Songkran related accident.  About 1,000 police officers and volunteers are on patrol for the Songkran finale this weekend.Police arrive on the scene of this Songkran related accident.  About 1,000 police officers and volunteers are on patrol for the Songkran finale this weekend.

The main attraction will be at the Beach and Central roads intersection where there will be a fountain curtain installed for tourists to enjoy the beauty and capture images for memories and this year. The fountain curtain will be more impressive this year with 12 spouts.

Pattaya has coordinated with Banglamung, Nongprue, Pattaya, Tourist and Highway police, using 425 cops to supervise traffic and safety, with 575 Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan medics and civil defense volunteers bolstering their efforts. There will be checkpoints on main roads including officers on foot to monitor the safety during the day.

Roads leading into Pattaya, including Sukhumvit and Thepprasit, also are expected to be jammed with out-of-town Thais coming to Pattaya for one last water fight.

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