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Phuket Poll: Should Songkran water play zones be regulated?

PHUKET: Each year authorities announce “water play zones” for Songkran, with safety the primary reason given for delineating where people can – and cannot – enthusiastically join in the Thai New Year celebrations.

By The Phuket News

Monday 4 April 2016, 01:10PM

Should Phuket have Songkran 'water play zones' where people can join the Thai New Year celebrations. Photo: Bruce Anderson

Should Phuket have Songkran 'water play zones' where people can join the Thai New Year celebrations. Photo: Bruce Anderson

However, police in different areas across Phuket tend to enforce the rules more strictly than others, unofficially giving a range of areas for people to join in the fun in their own preferred way.

With this type of enforcement, it begs the question, do water play zones work?

To this The Phuket News asks our readers, “Should Songkran play zones be regulated?”

Responses available are:

  • The entire island should be made a special zone with regulated behaviour – no exceptions.
  • Set zones with specific guidelines on behaviour, as is done now.
  • Set zones, but rate them differently as zones for families and zones for adults.
  • Abolish the zones – all normal laws regarding behaviour still apply during the holidays.

To cast your vote, click here.

The poll will continue until April 17.

If you don’t see your preferred response above, feel free to add it in the comments section below.

To see the results of our previous poll, asking “How harsh should the immigration overstay re-entry ban be?”, click here.



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Kurt | 04 April 2016 - 13:28:44

Well, thai traditional Songkran is about water sprinkling.

What we see on Phuket is very different.
Mini Trucks driving with more than 2000 liters of water in drums for throwing to people at road side.
Look at these trucks, overloaded with 2 tons of water + many people in de back.
The front wheels hardly touch the road!  Complete madness.

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