Silom Songkran (Supposed to) End Early

A file photo shows Thais and tourists in the annual Songkran Festival celebration, the Thai traditional New Year, also known as the water festival in Silom district of Bangkok, Thailand, April 13, 2014. Photo: Narong Sangnak / EPA

BANGKOK — The Songkran party at one of Bangkok’s most-popular spots for watery warfare must come to an end at 8pm, City Hall said Tuesday.

The Silom Road party between the Sala Daeng and Nararom intersections, famous for dense crowds and an LGBT-friendly vibe, must splash its last two hours earlier than originally planned, City Hall decided at the last minute, saying time is needed to clean the road.

A lot of people may not get that message, and it’s likely the authorities will have a difficult time enforcing the edict. Silom Road will be closed to traffic for the annual aquatic bacchanal starting at noon from Thursday to Saturday.

Khaosan Road will be up for the festival until 10pm, and the fun in CentralWorld’s plaza at Ratchaprasong is scheduled to end at 9pm.


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