Throngs of Tourists Flock to Songkran Celebrations in Chiang Mai
The captivating Songkran festival in Chiang Mai is witnessing a significant influx of tourists, gathered to participate in the province-wide celebrations from Thursday to Sunday.
Songkran: A Celebration Full of Joy and Reverence
Festive activities that tourists can look forward to include a traditional merit-making ritual, an elegant Songkran beauty pageant, and the quintessential water showering ceremony for revered Buddha statues, deeply rooted in the province’s customs.
Cooling Off with Tunnel Sprinklers
As Chiang Mai’s soaring temperatures encourage visitors to seek respite, the installation of 50-meter-long tunnel sprinklers has proved quite popular. Devised to cool down festival-goers, they serve to enhance the overall experience and enjoyment.
Efforts to Maintain Clean Waterways in Urban Areas
Provincial authorities recently revealed plans to release a staggering 1 million cubic meters of water daily from the Mae Ngat Somboon Chon dam. The primary purpose of this initiative is to ensure the cleanliness of waterways throughout the city’s urban districts.
Restrictions on Alcohol Sales and Increased Security Measures
Working in collaboration with relevant sectors, authorities have imposed limitations on alcohol sales to guarantee the safety of tourists. Additionally, they have joined forces with Chiang Mai University to install security cameras capable of monitoring crowd sizes at popular attractions, averting potential gridlocks in the bustling urban areas.
Chiang Mai Leads the Way in Integrating Technology
According to Chiang Mai Tourism Inspector Pol Lt-Colonel Makara Srisakulphisut, Chiang Mai holds the distinction of being the first Thai province to implement such cutting-edge technology. Authorities have already placed cameras at all prominent tourist hotspots across the city, with prompt emergency services readily available in case of any serious incidents.