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09 avr. 2019 | 05h11 UTC

Thailand: Songkran celebrations April 12-16

Thailand Alerte de sécurité

Songkran, or Thai New Year, celebrations set for April 12-16; heightened security presence, localized disruptions expected during holiday period

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/4/2019, 12h00 until 17/4/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Thailand

Event

Songkran, or Thai New Year, celebrations will be held nationwide from Friday, April 12, through Tuesday, April 16. Heightened security measures, including increased deployment of police officers, checkpoints, and road closures in main festival areas, will be implemented across the country, particularly in large cities and heavily tourist areas, such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and other areas. Parades, religious processions, and other festivities, including water fights, are expected, along with associated transportation disruptions and crowded conditions. Disruptions to commercial and government services are similarly likely during the holiday period.

Context

Songkran is a celebration of the Thai New Year and begins each year on April 13. The official government holiday will be observed in 2019 from April 12 to April 16.

Advice

Individuals in Thailand are advised to adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, respect local customs, and anticipate business, government, and transportation disruptions, crowded conditions, and increased demand for hotels and transportation services.

 

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