GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

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#21 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby Gaybutton » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:55 pm

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You may have to look twice before you realize this is actually a sand castle. It was created in nearby Bang Saen especially for Songkran.

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#22 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby aussie » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:04 pm

Gaybutton wrote:Don't leave out the best part of the story. Did they break down and actually fork over the fortune it must have cost them to pay for the whole pack of ten?


They paid for the whole pack very quickly after they were yelled at by the Family Mart girl :lol:

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#23 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby Gaybutton » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:07 pm

Monday, April 16

This morning, between 10:00am and noon, I was out running a few errands. From "The Dark Side," down Pattaya Klang, across to the Dolphin Roundabout, up Pattaya Nua to Sukhumvit, then Sukhumvit to home, I saw no water splashing at all. I also saw no police at all.

Maybe they were all out buying their Songkran "good luck" lottery tickets. I passed several stalls where lottery tickets are sold and each of them were mobbed.

For whatever reasons - I have no idea - traffic was exceptionally light.

I doubt that I'll be going out again today, so any further reports will have to come from others.

That's Pattaya. Bangkok, however, is a different story:
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Revellers return

Traffic congestion is expected to return to Bangkok's main roads Monday as revellers, who went to the countryside, are set for an exodus to the capital, signalling an official end to this year's Songkran holidays.

There are reports from the central province of Ang Thong that traffic has started to build up on Highway 32, which is a segment of the Asian Highway Network.

Stretching from Chai Nat to Ayutthaya, the 150km highway is normally used by revellers to travel back to the capital from northern and central provinces of Thailand.

As of 2pm Sunday, cars going from Sing Buri towards Ayutthaya could move at a speed of only 70-80 kilometres per hour due to the congestion.

Deputy chief of the Royal Thai Police Wirachai Songmetta on Sunday advised the public to start travelling in the morning instead of afternoon or evening, to avoid provincial roads which is likely to see snarled-up traffic in the later hours of the day.

According to Pol Gen Wirachai, cars have already been forced to slow down in the northeastern stretch of Mittraphap road between Pak Chong and Sikhiu district of Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as the Lam Takhong area.

The belt has been notorious for serious traffic congestion during holidays and long weekends.

Highway police have reportedly opened two road diversions along Mittraphap road to ease traffic. They are in Sikhio and Non Sung district, the latter of which is also in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Provincial transport vehicles, such as buses and vans, which are operated by the Transport Co, Ltd, will be plying the highways since 180,000 passengers are expected to travel back to Bangkok each day.

Transport Co chief Jirasak Yaovatsakul said most of the returning passengers will use the company's services between Sunday and Wednesday as Monday is considered the last day off for most businesses in the country.

According to him, the Transport Co had deployed about 8,000 vehicles for trips back to Bangkok during these four days, ramping up its operations by about 2,000 trips daily.

In such cases, the company typically takes the help of the Department of Land Transport to commission extra buses, which were previously checked for safety, for returning passengers.

Mr Jirasak earlier said the company would need at least 300 extra vehicles per day during Songkran.

In a related development, Immigration Division 2 deputy chief Cherngron Rimpadee said about 150,000 inbound Thais and outbound tourists are expected to use Suvarnabhumi Airport per day before festivities come to an official end.

According to him, the number of passengers at the country's largest airport had fallen on Friday and Saturday but is expected to see a sharp spike from Monday until Friday.

It is the last extended holiday weekend for more than three months. At the last weekend in July, the Buddhist Asahna Bucha Day marking the beginning of the Lent period coincides with the birthday of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, creating a four-day weekend from Friday, July 27, through Monday, July 30.

"We advise outbound passengers using Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and Phuket airports to arrive for checking-in at least three hours before departure," Pol Col Cherngron said.

Urging Thais to use automatic passport scanners to speed up the procedure, the officer said Immigration Division 2 had requested authorities provide more officers to service passengers until Friday.

Meanwhile, National Council for Peace and Order spokeswoman Sirichan Ngathong said 7,067 vehicles have been seized from those driving recklessly and under influence as of Sunday.

According to her, 5,019 of the seized vehicles were motorcycles, while the remaining were cars.

Authorities have confiscated 16,588 driver's licences so far, Col Sirichan added.

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#24 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby Gaybutton » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:23 am

Tuesday, April 17

Today there will probably be many more water splashing areas, although "The Dark Side" still has yet to see any water splashing at all. At the time of this post, it's 9:25am. I haven't been out of my local area yet - if today I venture out anywhere at all.

On Thursday, April 19 - the "Big Day," Pattaya Beach Road (not Jomtien Beach Road), will be closed to vehicles from 6am to 7pm. That's where the most major water splashing will be happening, although you for sure can expect water splashing virtually everywhere. If you want to get to Pattaya Beach Road you'll need to walk or take a motorbike taxi. Parking is likely to be impossible. Motorbike taxis do run on the 19th, but the driver is likely to charge more than usual, justifiably so, and will expect a good, generous tip for taking you through the traffic and splashing.

Remember, it's going to be hot out there. Be careful. A lot of people will overdo it and end up in the hospital due to heat stroke. Make sure you don't become one of them.

One other tip - if you drive a car or motorbike and plan to go out and about on the 19th, you don't want to risk running out of fuel due to all the traffic. The time to fill up the tanks, if you have not already done so, is today.

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#25 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby Gaybutton » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:25 am

Wednesday, April 18

I have been receiving reports that the Songkran revelry has greatly escalated, as expected. Even on "The Dark Side" there is splashing going on - mostly children.

Tomorrow is the "Big Day." Enjoy yourselves out there, folks, and be careful.

At the time of this post, it's not quite 7:30am, so I haven't been anywhere yet other than my kitchen brewing my morning coffee . . .
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Speeding, drunk driving remain biggest factors in road accidents

April 18, 2018

By THE NATION

A total of 378 lives were lost and 3,575 people were injured in road crashes during the first six days (April 11 to 16) of the Songkran holiday period’s seven-day monitoring period.

Nakhon Ratchasima, the “Gateway to the Northeast”, had the highest death toll (19) and Chiang Mai had both the highest total injuries (136 people) and crashes (126), the Road Safety Centre announced yesterday.

The total number of deaths and injuries in 3,418 road accidents from April 11 to 16 were slightly higher than the same period last year, when 335 people died and 3,506 were injured in 3,388 traffic accidents, the Army’s civil affairs office head Lt-General Thanes Kalapruek said.

On Monday alone, 425 accidents left 49 people dead and 464 injured. Speeding and drunk driving were the most-cited factors at 28.47 per cent and 27.29 per cent respectively, while 82 per cent of accidents involved motorcycles, he said.

Officers manning 2,031 checkpoints nationwide arrested 176,415 law-violating motorists, most of whom were motorcyclists and their passengers not wearing crash helmets (49,866 cases) and those not in possession of their driver’s license (46,067 cases).

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and related authorities have seized a total of 13,964 vehicles (10,139 motorcycles and 3,825 cars/trucks) from drunk drivers during April 11-16, said NCPO and Army deputy spokeswoman Colonel Sirichan Ngathong.

Meanwhile, Royal Thai Police deputy chief and spokesman Pol General Weerachai Songmetta said in Bangkok that from April 11 to 16, police had arrested 231,334 motorcyclists for failing to wear crash helmets and 21,829 drunk drivers – the latter number was 5,301 more than during the same period last Songkran.

Noting there were generally less crimes during Songkran in comparison with previous years, Weerachai also reported that 8,213 houses nationwide had joined the police Songkran vacation home-watch scheme – a 43.7 per cent increase, or 2,489 houses – compared to 5,715 homes during the last Songkran. None of those houses were victims of theft.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda said the high fatality and casualty rate during Songkran, despite officers’ hard work to implement road safety measures, was because of ignorance among the Thai public.

“Many accidents stemmed from drunk driving even while the authorities were implementing strict measures, including arrests and vehicle seizure. This shows that strict law enforcement must go hand in hand with creating public awareness. The media should also cooperate and provide the channel/stage for state agencies to talk about this,” he said.

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#26 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby Gaybutton » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:11 pm

I suppose depending on where you are, today you're either getting soaked or it's still the calm before the storm. Today on "The Dark Side" it's still the calm before the storm. Only a few sporadic groups of tiny tots - the oldest in any groups I saw might have been 10 - trying their best to splash people with their squirt guns.

The usual major areas of Pattaya have a lot of splashing going on, but today I had some calls from a few boys telling me they're heading to Naklua - where there is major activity going on today.

Also, today is the main "Big Day" in the city of Chonburi. Tomorrow it's Pattaya's turn. On the 20th it will be Sattahip.

If you noticed the announcement about the combination party between Ting Tong Red and Winner Boys, by the time it gets started you ought to be able to go. Most of the splashing will be over by the time it starts, so getting there shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Unfortunately, the body count throughout Thailand is now up to 418 deaths and 3897 injuries - mostly motorbikes. The Bangkok Post reports that 79% of these accidents involved motorbikes.

Also, in the north and northeast of Thailand there has been severe tropical storms over the past few days. 892 homes in 19 provinces have either been lost or severely damaged. More rain is expected in those areas.

Pattaya had some rain too. Yesterday in the early evening Pattaya was hit by a torrential rainfall, but I have seen no damage reports and have seen no reports about anyone losing electricity or internet service. Today, however, the Pattaya's skies are crystal clear.

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#27 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby aussie » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:52 pm

There was water splashing last night near Your Bar and Sun Bar in Jomtien Complex but the bar boys were generally not splashing customers seated at the bars. It was getting a bit out of control when i left at 1.00 am so i am fairly sure it will continue tonight. The other end of the soi near 4 T bar was dry with water splashing but plenty of customers at most of the bars.

There is a Morlam concert at Third Road tonight so I will travel there in a Grab or friend's car. I don't mind getting wet on the 19th so I will attend the parties at the Jomtien Complex starting from 10:00am.

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#28 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby RichLB » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:59 pm

This afternoon around 2 pm, the boyfriend and I drove to Food Mart from Chaiyapruek along Jomtien Beach Road. Very light traffic and no splashing anywhere - not even along Jomtien Complex. It actually felt rather eerie.

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#29 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby Gaybutton » Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:30 pm

RichLB wrote:It actually felt rather eerie.

I have a feeling tomorrow will be a little different.

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#30 Re: GB's Annual Songkran report - 2018

Postby Gaybutton » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:00 am

Thursday, April 19

As most of you know, today is Pattaya's "Big Day." At the time of this post it is 10:00am in Thailand. I'll be going out to join the revelry soon. Meanwhile, so far there is hardly any traffic in my area, but that is likely to change very quickly. I can already hear several Songkran parties going on not far from me.

I'll report what I see after I return home - if I survive . . .

I hope some of you still in Pattaya will also let us know what you see and experience.

Don't forget the Ting Tong Red-Winner Boys party tonight in Sunee Plaza.

Tomorrow, those of you who will be returning to Pattaya from wherever you went, don't forget that the expressways are likely to be crowded and the toll booths will be operating again. You might want to plan your travel time accordingly.


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