Panicked by month without holidays, Thailand scrambles to add ‘a long one’

Kayakers relax in August on South Khao Lak Beach in Phang Nga province. Photo: Coconuts
Kayakers relax in August on South Khao Lak Beach in Phang Nga province. Photo: Coconuts

Because a month in Thailand without a holiday would be unimaginably cruel, the government is rushing to add yet even more in order to stimulate tourism spending.

With the reserve of unused pandemic holidays depleted by Septemberkran, Deputy Prime Minister and legal sorcerer Wissanu Krea-ngam said at the Government House today that indeed one or more holidays are being weighed for November – maybe even a “long one.”

“October already has too many holidays, while there’s none in November,” the 69-year-old junta hangover said. “We think it’s a great month, and if there were to be a holiday, it should be a long one. The additional holidays will include Saturday and Sunday.”

What about October? Not to worry, it’s got two holidays nicely spread out: King Bhumibol Memorial Day on Oct. 13 and Oct. 23’s King Chulalongkorn Day.

Wissanu said whatever they cook up is likely to happen around Loy Krathong on Nov. 1, but said tourism authorities must weigh in on the best time to stimulate all that spending before they can propose specific dates.

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