Volunteers remove mountain of garbage after Pattaya Songkran

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Once the water was dry, all that remained of Songkran in Pattaya was a mountain of garbage.

From main thoroughfares to tiny sois, food containers, plastic bags, empty alcohol bottles and other rubbish covered sidewalks, beaches and streets across the city. Riding through town in pickup trucks with water buckets, revelers simply tossed their garbage on the streets, expecting others to clean up after them.

A few did. DPAC Inter Co., the Royal Thai Navy and the Humans Love Earth Club joined forces at Jomtien Soi 4 for the second Amazing Clean Thailand.

Mounds of garbage were left everywhere in the aftermath of Songkran.Mounds of garbage were left everywhere in the aftermath of Songkran.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and MP Poramet Ngampichet kicked off the cleanup, which saw volunteers collect trash from Pattaya and Jomtien beaches.

Organizers bemoaned the careless attitude of Songkran water warriors, but said the garbage was to be expected with Pattaya’s increasingly popularity among domestic and foreign tourists coming to the city for the annual Thai New Year celebration.

To the rescue - teams of good hearted citizens undertake the major cleanup.To the rescue – teams of good hearted citizens undertake the major cleanup.