Business operators on Khao San Road have decided to cancel activities for Songkran this year to allow authorities to prepare the area for the King's coronation.
The Khaosan Business Association announced in a statement dated Tuesday and released yesterday the decision to scrap all Songkran festival activities.
Shows, merit-making ceremonies and parades will be suspended this year to allow the government and City Hall to improve and decorate the areas for the coronation, association president Piyabutr Jiwaramonaikul said in the statement.
Khao San Road, a popular hangout for backpackers, is part of Rattanakosin Island where all roads and buildings will be decorated for the coronation events taking place from May 4-6.
The street has gained worldwide attention for its exuberant Songkran shows and water fights. Songkran celebrations there were also cancelled in 2017 as the country was in mourning for King Bhumibol's passing.