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Bangkok told: Have a “Sensible – BOOZE FREE – Songkran”

A message has gone out loud and clear from the authorities to both Thai and foreign revellers at Songkran

Don’t drink and throw water!

Seven Eleven stores and other shops with alcohol in the zones of Silom and Khao San Road set aside for the water wars have been asked to refrain from selling booze of all descriptions at all times.

Other shops in the vicinity but not within the zones have been reminded that they can only sell alcohol from 11 to 2pm and between 5pm and midnight.

Break that rule and they could be doing 6 months jail time and or a 10,000 baht fine.

The message went out from deputy governor Thaweesak Lertpraphan who was heading a large campaign comprising many agencies in Khao San Road on Tuesday afternoon.

The campaign came with the slogan: “Bangkok Songkran: Safe, Booze Free, No Molesting, No bad driving”.

Thaweesak hopes that if everyone remembers these points then a good time will be had by all.

In addition to the booze ban in shops the authorities said that at the entrances to the water zones at Silom and Khao San forbidden items such as high powered water guns, powder, weapons and things that could be used as weapons and of course, alcohol will all be confiscated.

Cops from the Chana Songkhram station whose jurisdiction includes Khao San Road were also part of the campaign yesterday.

You have been warned!

Thai VisaDaily News 

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