Final Songkran Reflections According to the Road Safety Centre in Bangkok, there were 271 deaths on the road during the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran (11-17 April). I don’t believe it. Songkran Final Tally One of the reasons that I don’t believe it, is in the graphic from the Road Safety Centre. They can’t add. It says 271 deaths during Songkran, but the numbers total 266 and I had seen an earlier number of 299. Whatever. There is no way in hell that the numbers are this low.
The easy way to observe Songkran After we finished our annual visit to the temple to pay respects to our ancestors during Songkran, we headed back home. This was as close as I got to being wet so far this Songkran.
Khon Kaen Songkran honoring ancestors. Songkran officially started yesterday, April 13th, and it was time for the family to visit a local temple and honor the family ancestors. Food was prepared to present to the Buddhist monks and some other gifts were purchased
Sane Songkran versus Insane Songkran My buddy Tom at Isaan-Live , was up bright and early to take some photos and video of the traditional Songkran festivities. This is not the Songkran that you will see in Pattaya or on Khaosan Road in Bangkok
Reality Check Time for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Songkran, Thai New Year, kind of started yesterday, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand is predicting that there will be an increase in spending during the holiday. Who are they trying to kid? Tourism Authority of Thailand Songkran An article in The Nation, Floods dampen Songkran tourism in the South , says the Tourism Authority of Thailand reported that tourists spent 4.1 Billion Baht in 2010 which was a 3 percent increase over 2009. And, they expect the numbers for 2011 to go up even more to 5 Billion Baht. Some really creative accounting going on here. First off, no one says what the Tourism Authority of Thailand uses when counting the days of the Songkran festival. Technically, it is from 13-15 April. So, we don’t know if TAT is only using those 3 days (NOT) or tacking on 3-5-7 days on either side. Or, maybe, they just count the entire month of April. Or, my guess would be, that they just make up the numbers. There is absolutely no way in hell to accurately tell how much money tourists spend during any given period.
Orachorn “Praewa” Thephasadin na Ayudhya is looking to be a lot poorer. Remember back in December 2010 there was a nasty accident in Bangkok involving a 17 year old girl, Orachorn “Praewa” Thephasadin na Ayudhya, crashing into a van and the end result was 9 people dead. Orachorn “Praewa” Thephasadin na Ayudhya Accident Miss Orachorn “Praewa” Thephasadin na Ayudhya didn’t slam into some poor folks from Laos – she hit some highly esteemed faculty members from a major University and the Thailand Institute of Scientific Technological Research. These were upper middle class Thais
Songkran Schedule Failure By The Tourism Authority Of Thailand Khon Kaen The Tourism Authority Of Thailand Khon Kaen has absolutely no idea how to use Facebook as a means of Social Media. They are supposed to be attracting tourists to Khon Kaen, but instead, completely ignore people or put out worthless information. Songkran, Thai New Year, is happening throughout Thailand, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand Khon Kaen puts out a schedule of events that is completely worthless.
How many will die on the roads during Songkran this year? The Thai Government has officially announced the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran (Thai New Year). In 2011, the body count days will be from 11 April up to and including 17 April. Songkran 2010 These are the 7 days before, during, and after the Songkran celebration that supposedly all of the hospitals report how many deaths on the road there are.
Khon Kaen House Lights I am seriously considering buying stock in the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) considering all of the lights that I have. And, I am considering going back to school to get a degree in Electrical Engineering