Bangkok’s popular Khao San Road is to get an expanded water splashing area for next year’s Songkran, according to officials in the capital.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has confirmed that for Songkran 2024, the designated splashing zone will also encompass other parts of the Bang Lamphu neighbourhood, as well as Ratchadamnoen Avenue.
According to a report from the National News Bureau of Thailand, the plan has been given the green light by Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, after this year’s festivities proved a huge hit with Thais and tourists alike.
However, the governor acknowledges that day one of this year’s celebrations saw a bit of overcrowding on Khao San Road, designated as one of the main splashing areas in the capital.
As a result, officials have decided to expand the area, with the governor adding that a one-way walking route was introduced on April 14 this year to help ease congestion.
This year was the first large-scale Songkran celebration since the Covid-19 pandemic and the governor has thanked everyone involved.
Lan Khon Muang Plaza, in front of City Hall, welcome around 20,000 people every day, while Khao San Road averaged around 50,000 visitors a day.
Silom enjoyed somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 visitors on the first day, rising to 35,000 – 40,000 on day 2, and around 50,000 on day 3. Meanwhile, both Siam Square and the Pathumwan district had between 900,000 and 1 million visitors over the 4 days.
SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand