So it turns out the best trade to be in at the minute is car washing. Now that Songkran has finished, car washes are cashing in with owners of cars and motorbikes running to get the powder off vehicles.

Kanda Jueluang, owner of Poseidon Car Care in Soi Photisan, said her shop has been busy since 7 a.m., which is common every year after Pattaya’s April 19 “wan lai” day.

More staff have been drafted for the big cleaning day. The surge is expected to last for about 5 days, she said.

Kanda said people are concerned the powder and clay will ruin their nice paint jobs