Nongprue Sub-district employees enjoyed the Songkran holiday by building sand pagodas at Sutawas Temple. The Sand Pagoda Festival has been a religious tradition in the Thai culture for centuries. It’s usually held during the Thai New Year and highlights teamwork by residents who work together to...

YWCA pays respect to elders for Songkran

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:01
The YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center paid respect to senior citizens and brought them some support at a Songkran ceremony at the Banglamung Home for the Elderly.

Songkran proves deadly on Chonburi roads

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:45
Songkran traffic fatalities soared in Chonburi province, with at least 10 people killed and 19 injured during the “seven dangerous days” of the Thai New Year holiday. Chonburi, which has seen two or fewer road deaths a year for the past five years, suffered only 19...

Water wars leave beach vendors high and dry

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:46
With many tourists choosing to spend their days in Koh Larn and expats fleeing the city to escape the water-soaked pandemonium of Songkran in Pattaya, the mainland’s beach vendors said the Thai New Year holiday was a slow one for them.
Tourists trying to escape the mayhem that is Songkran in Pattaya spent more of their days this year on Koh Larn where they didn’t have to dodge buckets of water.

GIS celebrates wet and wild Songkran

Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:40
Songkran came to Garden International School (GIS) with a flurry of water-based fun. The school’s Thai department organised several activities before the end of term break. These included a special assembly where students explained the meaning of Songkran and what everyone should do to have a...
These traditional Thai dancers from Pattaya School #9 manage to stay beautiful during their performance, even in the sweltering heat and the water splashing fun of Wan Lai in Pattaya.  Gridlocked traffic and relentless heat didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Pattaya-area residents and tourists as...
While Thailand has been relatively peaceful for nearly a year since May’s military coup, the legend of the Songkran Queen predicts the next 12 months will be bloody and violent.
April is one of the months of the year that both foreign and domestic tourists have been waiting for, especially for Thais because it’s a month where family and relatives gather to celebrate the Thai New Year, or Songkran.

Nongprue wishes seniors happy Songkran

Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:05
The Nongprue Woman’s Development Club and Nongprue Sub-District got a jump on Songkran celebrations with a traditional water-sprinkling ceremony for senior citizens.
Elephants join the fun as Songkran gets underway at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens. Closer to home, nearly 700 police, city officials, military, and volunteers will patrol Beach Road as Pattaya’s Songkran celebration makes its splashy finale Sunday.

Tourism boom expected by Songkran holidays

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 11:40
BANGKOK, 7 April 2015 - Expansion in the tourism sector is expected during the upcoming Songkran holidays, with an increase in Thai and foreign tourists, says MOTS Spokesman.
Bangkok, 29 April, 2014 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has annouced that its 2014 Songkran Splendours was a great success, generatng approximately 4 billion Baht in tourism revenue from a total of 1,462,000 travellers, comprising 1,347,860 Thai travellers and 114,140 foreign tourists.
Area residents bid farewell to the year’s Songkran festivities with traditional rice festivals and “Kong Khao” ceremonies in Naklua and Nong Yai. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome was the master of ceremonies at Lan Po Park in Naklua as locals and tourists gathered for games, including...
The Pattaya Mail paid its respects to the senior staff in the company’s annual Songkran ceremony. Managing Director Pratheep Malhotra led the April 12 ceremony at the Pattaya Mail Publishing Co. offices. About 30 employees and friends joined in the festivities.

Exodus slows during Songkran 2014

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:46
While Pattaya draws thousands to the city to celebrate Songkran, usually a large number of Thais leave town to visit relatives, making the city’s main bus terminal the busiest place in town.
Road accidents killed 322 people nationwide over the seven days of the Songkran holiday, according to the Road Safety Centre of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. Caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan said Friday that statistics compiled by the Road Safety Centre showed that 2,992...
Songkran is a celebration that gives students at international schools the opportunity to become more aware of the wonderful culture of our host country.
Scorching heat and foreboding clouds couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Pattaya-area residents and tourists as they brought the annual Songkran festival to a water-soaked close.

Booze & Songkran a volatile mix

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:01
Alcohol has become almost as big of a part of Songkran as water. At one Pattaya road checkpoint last year, police arrested more than 200 drunk drivers a day between April 11 and 19. About 15 percent of those arrested had more than 300 mg. of...
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