In a move to make Songkran a little less sexual, Chiang Mai officials have announced a ban on sexy, see-through “X-ray pants” at the famous water festival.
To protect the image of Lanna culture, any clothing which can appear “suggestive” when soaked with water has been banned from Chiang Mai Songkran celebrations.
This includes the “X-ray pants”, which were expected to be a huge trend during Songkran this year.
“What concerns me is online shops have started selling these X-ray pants on social networks. If people wear these pants alone without underwear, it will be considered public obscenity,” Chiang Mai governor Pawin Chamniprasart said.
Any daring exhibitionist sporting these sexy pants will face prosecution, Pawin added. He has also urged merchants not to sell the pants.
Aside from the suggestive clothing, officials said they would also ban “sexy dance moves” and “sexy muscles.”
Hmm. We’d like to see them enforce that one.
“There were about 22 party stages around the city of Chiang Mai last year,” Pawin said.
“On some stages, there were people dancing sexually and men showing off their chests and biceps. It was such an inappropriate image.”
If any stage gets too sexual, the officials will immediately close it.
Chiang Mai visitors have been encouraged to wear traditional attire during Songkran.
Officials will ask tour agents, embassies, and hotels to publicize the new rules, Manager reported.