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Monday, April 15, 2013

Tourist Police Songkran Festival Activation 2013

 The Tourist Police Division’s 35 branches around Thailand have joined forces with Thailand’s Immigration Bureau to ensure the safety of tourists during this year’s Songkran celebrations.

The Tourist Police have mobilized all regional branches to serve tourists during the busy holiday and to ensure traveller confidence in Thailand.

For more than 20 years the Tourist Police Division has been serving and taking care of the safety of tourists who travel to Thailand, including domestic travellers. This objective remains as strong today.

Pol.Maj.Gen.Roy Inkapairoj, Commander of Thai Tourist Police Division, said this year Songkran has attracted scores of international visitors as well as Thai to provinces throughout the country.
“I have therefore ordered all branches to be on call this year to be ready to serve in every way possible, 24 hours a day” he says.

“This includes translators who speak English, Chinese, Japanese, French and other languages at key branches. It’s our policy to protect and help prevent accidents with foreign and Thai tourists. The Immigration Bureau will assist in this endeavour.”

He says that this message will add to foreign tourist’s confidence in travelling within Thailand. The
Department of Tourism under Ministry of Tourism and Sports and other organisations are also assisting his team with the "TOURIST POLICE SONGKRAN FESTIVAL ACTIVATION 2013" on Khao San Road.

“This special activity is to reach out to tourists directly and assist them with beneficial information about Songkran customs, how to stay safe and alert regarding crime and provide some guidelines on travel or the safe use of vehicles during the water festival”, he added. “This will include information on how to contact Tourist Police utilising the new Tourist Buddy Application and the Tourist Police hotline 1155.”
To get into spirit of the Water Festival event, Pol.Maj.Gen.Roy Inkapairoj, will play Songkran with tourists in the popular Khao San Road on Friday, 12th April 2013 at 20:00pm. - 21:30pm.

Besides representing a great deal of cool fun during the hot season, the throwing of water is believed to bring good luck and prosperity for the Thai New Year. It is a time for cleansing, renewal and making merit. It’s also a time to visit family and celebrate a new beginning.
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