KHAO SAN road entrepreneurs have cancelled New Year countdown celebration at the popular tourist strip citing request by several government agencies in refraining from organising festivities to welcome the New Year due to the current fragile state of mind of the Thai people, TV Channel 7 said this morning (Dec. 24).
Mr. Sanga Ruangwatanakul, president of the Khao San Road Business Entrepreneurs Association, said their members agreed with this viewpoint and while the strip will be open for business as usual, with this including pubs and bars, there will be no decorations like last year.
However there will be a large balloon in the middle of the road where tourists could take pictures.
Sanga said cancelling the New Year countdown event would not reduce the number of tourists because various venues are still open for business as usual.
Moreover hotel and guesthouse bookings have also increased.
Phra Nakhon district office officials have checked the road’s fire prevention and ascertained the security of various buildings and entertainment venues.
Revellers at Khao San road. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon