Silom Road to ban traffic on holiday

Silom Road to ban traffic on holiday

Songkran celebration on Silom Road, Bangkok, in April 2018 (Photo by Patipat Janthong)
Songkran celebration on Silom Road, Bangkok, in April 2018 (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

Silom Road will be closed to traffic to make way for Songkran celebrations from noon Saturday, according to Bangkok traffic police.

Pol Maj Decha Promsopha, traffic inspector at Thung Mahamek police station, on Friday said all vehicles will be prohibited on Silom Road from the Sala Daeng intersection to the Nararom intersection, between noon and midnight from Saturday until Monday in order to allow revellers to celebrate the Songkran Festival.

Side roads such as Soi Convent, Soi Pipat and Soi Patpong on Silom Road will also be closed during that period.

"People who want to celebrate Songkran on Silom Road should travel by skytrain, exiting at Sala Daeng station or by MRT subway at Silom station. Motorists who need to cross the river to Thonburi, they can use Sathon Road instead of Silom Road," Pol Maj Decha said.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) also recently announced that this year it won't host any entertainment shows and events on Khao San and Silom roads, the two most popular spots to celebrate the Songkran festival in Bangkok.

The BMA's decision not to hold any events on the two roads is because of the preparations for His Majesty the King's coronation from May 4-6, which is only one month away.

Silapasuai Rawisaengsun, a BMA city clerk, said the two roads will still be open to Songkran revellers. The BMA has also prohibited the use of high-pressure water guns, powder and the consumption of alcohol on the two roads.

City Hall will also host a festival under a Thai traditional theme in Lumpini Park from Saturday until Monday.

The sacred Phra Buddha Sihing Buddha statue will be brought from the Phutthaisawan Throne Hall and moved around the city for the public to pay their respects during the Songkran period.

Meanwhile, Raja Ferry Port, a ferry operator in Surat Thani, said the number of visitors to Koh Samui during the Songkran festival is expected to be over 12,000 a day, or a 50% increase on the usual number of tourists.

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