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Pattaya Marks a Wild Songkran 2024, But Night Time Water Play Annoys Many


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PATTAYA- The renowned Walking Street of Pattaya City was transformed into a vibrant arena of joy as both Thai and international tourists gathered to celebrate the official commencement of the Songkran Festival 2024. The festive night was marked by an outpouring of visitors armed with water guns, engaging in wild water play that continued throughout the evening until the very early hours of Sunday morning, April 14th.


As the first official national day of Thailand’s most cherished water festival unfolded, Pol. Lt. Col. Piyapong Ensarn, Inspector General of Tourist Police Station 4, Subdivision 2, Tourist Police Division 1, led a contingent of tourist police officers and volunteers. Their mission was to ensure the safety and security of the revelers, with a focus on preventing altercations and safeguarding against any instances of sexual assault.

 

The city’s entertainment zones, including Soi Buakhao, Soi 6-8, Pattaya Beach Road, and Walking Street, witnessed a surge of activity as tourists flocked to these areas to partake in the festivities. The influx of visitors contributed to a palpable increase in the city’s liveliness, with many foreign tourists and local Thais, especially younger people, expressing their enthusiasm for the event.

 

Not everyone is happy, however. In Pattaya, the festival started on some sois as early as April 9th and will continue until the final day on April 19th, known as Wan Lai, in a wild final hurrah that will see hundreds of thousands of revelers. Besides the length of the festival, many expat residents are peeved that the former “unwritten rule” of stopping water play at night (A Pattaya rule, notes TPN, as in Patong and Bangkok late night parties had been standard for some time) appears to have ended since last year. Police have stated previously that ending water play at night, although discouraged, isn’t a law, especially in entertainment zones.

 

By Adam Judd

 

Full story: THE PATTAYA NEWS 2024-04-15

 

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3 hours ago, hotchilli said:

Agreed, nothing worse than going out in the evening for meal/drink and getting doused by some idiot.

All day to play... 18:00 call it time-out.

seems to be past 9pm this year still going..

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Was out last night. LK Metro about 11pm had 2-3 thais on the corner outside irover with buckets... disgusting form. easy enough to stay away but no one seemed pleased. The bars near there were probably at 1/4 capacity because of these idiots. Wont even mention the farang with huge guns on bukhao acting like idiots all hours of the night

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12 minutes ago, lexxy said:

Was out last night. LK Metro about 11pm had 2-3 thais on the corner outside irover with buckets... disgusting form. easy enough to stay away but no one seemed pleased. The bars near there were probably at 1/4 capacity because of these idiots. Wont even mention the farang with huge guns on bukhao acting like idiots all hours of the night

There's plenty of vacant land around Pattaya, why don't they make these areas designated water throwing areas.

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29 minutes ago, lexxy said:

Was out last night. LK Metro about 11pm had 2-3 thais on the corner outside irover with buckets... disgusting form. easy enough to stay away but no one seemed pleased. The bars near there were probably at 1/4 capacity because of these idiots. Wont even mention the farang with huge guns on bukhao acting like idiots all hours of the night

Surprised the bars there didn't arrange to move them on.... not good for their business. 

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Another Pattaya quality guy made the news last night. Wow. The kingdom gets another look at farang amuck. Not posted up here yet.  Coffee Conundrum in rat city. 😆 Farang be evil, cruises through month II. 

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