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Alcohol ban during Phuket’s Songkran festivities

Those taking luxury holidays in Phuket in time for the famed Songkran Thai New Year’s celebrations will have to do so without alcohol, reports suggest.

A 30-day ban on alcohol, announced at the start of the month, will still be in force throughout celebrations taking place between April 10th and13th.

But authorities are doing their best to minimise the impact of the ban by setting up activity stations at popular destinations.

Vice minister Dumwrong Raknaa told the Phuket Gazette: “Tourists don’t want to see people drinking, throwing water around or having uncontrolled fun”.

They will instead be invited to “learn about our great cultural traditions, such as fruit carving and basket weaving”.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently announced that Phuket’s Patong Beach would play host to a huge Songkran Festival, expected to bring in more than 50,000 tourists.

Meanwhile, the Office of Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) in Thailand has banned the sale of all high-pressure waterguns in a bid to curtail waterspray attacks that have become synonymous with the festival.

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