The Mayor of Patong, Chalermluck Kebsup, revealed on her social media channels this afternoon that the decision has made to cancel all official Songkran Activities on Patong Beach this year.
This is due to concerns of the possible spread of the novel Covid-19 Coronavirus.
This follows the Bangsaen area also cancelling, although there has been no national decision at this time. Pattaya City is due to have a meeting tomorrow, Friday, about the event.
Thailand does not have a community spread and only 47 cases, the majority recovered, however as the cases worsen across the globe the concern is that a massive event like the water festival, which could draw over a hundred thousand people, could risk spreading the disease further.
Songkran, of course is the Thai New Year Holiday and the single biggest holiday event yearly on the Thai calendar. The events cancelled were the public events, people will of course celebrate the new year privately.
Photo: The Phuket News, article written by The Pattaya News