The Songkran festival will end in failure for the coastal city of Pattaya
Now that it has been decided that water should not be thrown, most Thai people in this coastal town are planning to go to their relatives elsewhere in the country. Despite this fact, Pattaya’s hospitality industry is still hoping for a tourist revival during the six-day Songkran holiday.
With the tap water running and most Thais pulling their struts, Songkran is an outright failure for Pattaya, as even beachfront hotels recorded less than 60 percent over the April 10-15 holiday.
Phisut Sae-khu, president of the Thai Hotels Association Eastern Chapter, said this week that Songkran is traditionally the time when Thais return to the North and Northeast, not the beach. Although Pattaya is a popular spot for foreign tourists during Songkran, it does not hold much significance for Thai people.
The fact that the government has banned the use of water this year is one more reason not to come to Pattaya, he said.
THA National President Marisa Sukosol Nonpakdee said that Pattaya beachfront hotels are reporting bookings of about 50-60 percent of their rooms for Songkran, but smaller hotels further away from the sea are struggling or remain closed.
The coastal city of Pattaya will still host a “wan lai” event, despite the lack of water, while Ramayana Waterpark will also NOT host Thailand’s Wonder Wave Wanlai Music Festival from April 15-19.