Loy Krathong in Hat Yai lively; 30 mln expected in circulation


SONGKHLA, Nov 28 – The Loy Krathong festival’s ambience in Hat Yai today is lively, with Bt30 million revenue is expected to circulate.  

Songkhla Tourist Industry Association chairman Somchart Pimtanapunporn said Malaysian tourists started slowing into the area before the Loy Krathong festival, for it was already a school holiday in Malaysia.

Room reservations in Hat Yai have been about 80 per cent booked for the festival, which is a satisfactory figure, he said, given that the day has not fallen on a weekend.

Security measures are well prepared for safety in Hat Yai municipality, with defence volunteers, special task force officials, and a civic network to monitor the situation round the clock.

Provincial police ordered strict measures imposed on checkpoints in both inner and outer Hat Yai, while stationing personnel at places where Loy Krathong activities are held.