It’s the time of the year when people will be planning their trips to Thailand to experience Songkran, or the Thai New Year festival.
Unfortunately this year, due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, things have taken an unusual turn.
Earlier on, it was reported that the Thai government had plans to extend the Songkran 2020 holidays by two days, thus giving the Thais a total of nine-day long break including Saturday and Sunday. This was so that the measure could help stimulate the national economy. However, the cabinet did not give this proposal the green light.
Songkran 2020 will fall on April 13 to 15. However, unlike past years, Thailand has cancelled all public Songkran celebrations in a move to prevent and reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading.
Here’s what has been reported about all major Songkran 2020 celebrations in Thailand so far:
Khao San: World’s biggest water fight Songkran on Khao San Road scrubbed, with beauty contest, religious events also cancelled (Source)
Pattaya: Official Songkran events cancelled (Source).
Chonburi: Bang Saen district cancels all official Songkran activities (Source).
Phuket: Patong Songkran official events cancelled (Source).
Khon Kaen, Phetchabun, Buriram: Also cancelled their Songkran festivities (Source).
Koh Phangan: Signature full-moon party on March 8 cancelled (Source).
While these official, state-sponsored Songkran may have been cancelled, it is believe that small-scale celebrations in major areas would still take place, and could be just as wet as usual.
If you are planning to take the risk to participate in the Songkran celebration this year, please exercise extra precautions as Covid-19 is highly contagious.
At the time of writing, Thailand current records a total of 53 cases of Covid-19.