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Songkran Festival gets underway in Phuket

PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Khajornkiet Rakpanichmanee and Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiyawong joined a traditional water blessing ceremony this morning to celebrate the Thai New Year Songkran Festival – and called on everyone to enjoy the festival safely.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 13 April 2016, 11:25AM

“We want to do as much as we can to reduce the number of accidents today,” V/Gov Khajornkiet said. “We have a lot of people in Phuket over the holidays, and especially a lot of tourists.”

Police have set up 17 road checkpoints around the island, he said.

“We urge everyone to enjoy the festival safely, and all people riding on motorcycles wear helmets

prevent accidents,” V/Gov Khajornkiet said during his visits to checkpoints yesterday: in Thung Thong on Phra Barami Rd, from Kathu to Patong; at the Heroines Monument in Thalang; at Muang Mai in Thalang; and in Kamala.

He also called on officials to keep an eye on the seven official water play zones in the island, which are located as follows:

  • Phuket Town: Limelight Avenue mall and and Saphan Hin
  • Karon: beachfront road
  • Chalong: Soi Ta-iad
  • Patong: Bangla Rd and Loma Park
  • Thalang: Surin Beach

“Police are on patrol in all these areas, where the drinking of alcohol is restricted,” V/Gov Khajornkiet said. “Please be happy, play with water and enjoy the Songkran Festival – and drive safely,”

Col Peerayut Karajedee, Deputy Commander of the Phuket Provincial Police, told The Phuket News that police officers had been deployed across the island.

“We are watching over all seven water-play zones, and elsewhere, to ensure everyone’s safety during the Songkran festival,” he said.

“We wish everyone a fun, happy – and safe – Songkran,” he said.



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