The Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, celebrated the Songkran festival in Khao San Road, Bangkok, on Wednesday. The festival, which marks the traditional Thai New Year, is celebrated across Thailand from April 13 to 15.
The Prime Minister participated in traditional activities such as pouring water on Buddha statues and receiving blessings from monks. He also interacted with locals and tourists, wishing them a happy Songkran.
The event was organized by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and aimed to promote Khao San Road as a tourist destination. Khao San Road, known for its vibrant nightlife and street food, is a popular destination for tourists visiting Bangkok.
The Prime Minister’s participation in the festivities is seen as a gesture of support for the tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the country’s borders closed to foreign tourists for much of the past year, the industry has suffered a significant blow.
In a speech to the crowd, the Prime Minister urged Thais to continue following COVID-19 prevention measures, such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing, to ensure the country’s continued recovery.
Overall, the Prime Minister’s presence at the Songkran celebration in Khao San Road is a positive step towards promoting the country’s cultural traditions and reviving its tourism industry.