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Khao San New Year countdown cancelled in Bangkok

Khao San New Year countdown cancelled in Bangkok

BANGKOK: The New Year’s Eve countdown on Khao San Rd will be cancelled in light of the current “fragile” mood, but entertainment venues in the popular tourist hangout will be open as usual, a local business leader said.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 25 December 2022, 08:30AM


Bangkok Metropolitan Administration thetsakit officials patrol on Khao San Rd in Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok on Dec 15. Pphoto: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul / Bangkok Post file

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration thetsakit officials patrol on Khao San Rd in Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok on Dec 15. Pphoto: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul / Bangkok Post file

Sa-nga Ruangwatthanakul, president of the Khao San Road Business Operators Association, confirmed the decision on Saturday, which was Christmas Eve (Dec 24).

He said that many government agencies had issued announcements asking for cooperation to refrain from holding special events or celebration activities on New Year’s Eve. Because the mood of Thai people was “fragile” at the moment, the association decided to cancel its planned countdown party on Dec 31.

He said he had already notified business operators on Khao San Rd and nobody raised any objection. All shared the same view that it would be inappropriate to hold festive. activities during this time.

While shops and entertainment venues in the popular backpacker district will be open as usual, there will no festive decorations like before, he added.

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Mr Sa-nga did not specifically mention the condition of Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha, who has been in King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital since losing consciousness on the evening of Dec 15.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said on Friday (Dec 23) that it backs New Year countdowns and celebrations going ahead as planned as long as the government does not order any cancellations.

Mr Sa-nga said a large balloon would be placed in the middle of Khao San Rd for tourists to take photos, and video of countdowns in other countries would be projected for visitors to watch.

He believed the cancellation of an actual countdown would not cause a drop in the number of tourists as businesses would still be open to serve them. Bookings for accommodation in the area have been rising, he added.

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Kurt | 26 December 2022 - 05:31:13

What is cause of sudden Thai "fragile" mood to disappoint the finally incoming tourists? Why are these Thai not being more open and straight forward about their 'reasoning' to blow negatively their tourist business they are normally so keen on to promote?

JohnC | 25 December 2022 - 10:01:03

[..current fragile mood...] Thailand has been waiting over 2 years for tourists to come back with lots of dollars to spend and now they are here you want to dampen their spirits and stop the enjoyment of the new year. Impossible for foreigners to understand the local mentality.

 

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