Pattaya, 19th April 2010[PDN]: A great number of Thai and Foreign tourists arrived to join in the festivities of Songkran on Wan Lai Pattaya in the area of Pattaya, which resulted in a spillage of people onto the Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya 2nd Road, Pattaya 3rd Road, and Jomtien Beach Road, causing chaotic traffic jams.
In addition to the chaos, Pattaya Beach Road had closed off all vehicular access up to Wan Lai with tourists making their way from North Pattaya to Walking Street. The whole of Pattaya enjoyed a busy and wet day with the whiskey connoisseurs forming their own group of water splashes.
Groups of intoxicated teenage gangs joined in the festivities, causing friction between themselves but without inflicting any severe injuries, young girls who had also drank more than their fair share were dancing provocatively with some of them very inappropriately dressed. In addition to all the celebrating, hundreds of foreign tourists were seen to be using PVC pipes to squirt water around at passing festival goers.
All the entertainment venues and departments stores that stayed open throughout the celebrations joined in by broadcasting loud music. A task force of 500 officers took care of the securing the city including some of the much maligned Tourist Police along with Immigration Police, Pattaya Police, Security Volunteers, Municipal Officers, Police Volunteers and the Sawang Boriboon Foundation.