The Pattaya police force convened yesterday, April 17th, to prepare for Wan Lai, or the Big Day, of the Songkran festival slated for tomorrow, April 19th.
According to the authorities, Beach Road will be partially closed to allocate space for pedestrians who come to participate in the event. The road from Central Pattaya Beach to Walking Street will be closed from 14:30 to 20:30 hrs.
For this event, the Pattaya Police Station will deploy 11 teams consisting of 653 officers to carry out various tasks at 11 different stages.
Traffic measures such as checkpoints for receiving and dispatching guests will also be in place to protect the event attendees. Police are also urging people participating to not drink alcohol, although this is widely expected to ignored. At the very least, police strongly have warned against drunk driving and will be checking for this around the city.
Wan Lai was basically cancelled for the past four years of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the last event being held in 2019.
Tomorrow’s festivities feature many concerts, parades, events, and of course lots and lots of water.
For those more interested in the traditional side of Songkran, Wat Chai near Walking Street will hold special Songkran ceremonies from 7 AM. These include merit making ceremonies, sermons, honoring elders with a dash of water, respecting Buddhist relics, and a parade of monks and religious relics departing Wat Chai and going down Beach Road around 11:00 A.M.
The day is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of revelers on the final day of Songkran in Pattaya. For those who really want more, however, they can head to Bang Saray on April 20th or Ban Bueng and Samut Prakan on April 21st for their final days.