The Longest Sonkgran? Cabinet may declare 9-day holiday

The Songkran event usually features massive water fights, as the water is seen as a way to cleanse the spirit into the new year. (Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand / Facebook)
The Songkran event usually features massive water fights, as the water is seen as a way to cleanse the spirit into the new year. (Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand / Facebook)

In this time of pestilence and unrest, Thailand’s government is hoping that celebrating a much longer Songkran might bring some relief.

To reverse the hurt felt in the economy-boosting tourism sector, the cabinet will consider adding two more holidays to Songkran, extending it over a full work and making for a delirious nine days, weekends included.

In order to increase domestic spending and travel, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said Sunday they would discuss changing the holiday, now set for April 13-15, to run April 11-19 instead.

Commentators online quickly poured cold water on the proposal, slamming it as poorly conceived and noting the economy was so shit they couldn’t afford to travel anyway.

Update: No 9-day Songkran for you, Thailand

Related:

Less wet, no wild this Songkran on Khaosan Road

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