The booze-free party will run from 5 to 9pm on April 13. Entertainment will include a set by Thai alternative rock Paradox.
The owner of Limelight Avenue, Panee Koaysomboon, said the aim of the event was to provide a venue for teenagers to enjoy the festival while at the same time reassuring their parents that their children will be safe in an alcohol-free zone.
The organisers will also bar anything like coyote dancing, the organisers said; anyone who wants to join the party should dress politely, in conjunction with the TAT’s current promotion of “Thainess”.
Uthit Limsakul, deputy director of the TAT in Phuket said, “We will have a spotter at the Limelight Avenue party who will choose those who dress in Thai traditional style. They will receive free travel packages.”
Pol Col Dr Kraitong Jantongbai, Superintendent of Phuket City Police Station, warned that anybody caught drinking or selling alchohol in the area will be fined at least B3,000.
Governor Nisit Jansomwong said, “Actually, the government doesn’t favour the selling or drinking of alcohol in any area [during Songkran], and provincial officials are of the same view. Limelight has made it clear that it will be alcohol-free.”
Col Kraithong referred to a Cabinet resolution of last Friday (March 27) that encourages people to follow eight guidelines during Songkran:
Dress politely -- don't dress in sexy outfits. If possible, dress in Thai traditional garment or local costume.
Don't allow the sale or drinking of alcohol in the area where your Songkran event is held.
When soaking other people, don't mix powder, ice, or foam with the water.
Don't use high-pressure water guns or other dangerous devices. The government favours the use of water bowls only.
Don't use pick-up trucks to carry tanks of water into Songkran venues.
Contribute to an appropriate image of Songkran by avoiding impolite or unsuitable dancing or performances.
If there are other activities to promote Songkran Festival, organise them in accordance with Thai traditions.
Organisers should set a clear period of time for Songkran water play so as to avoid traffic congestion and crime.
Limelight Avenue is one of the two party venues in Phuket supported by the TAT. The other will be Songkran on the Beach in Patong, where the drinking of alcohol and coyote dancing seem unlikely to be barred.