The “Wan Lai Bang Saen” festival will be held today (Sunday) and tomorrow in Bang Saen, Chon Buri province, since the Songkran celebrations across the majority of Thailand came to an end on Saturday.
The main attraction at Wan Lai Bang Saen, aside from the regular water splashing, is the creation of intricate sand sculptures, including pagodas, mermaids, and elephants.
To get the sculptures ready for the competition that is a part of the Wan Lai festival, teams of artists work on them for 24-36 hours. The sculptures will be destroyed in the evening after the competition has been judged in the morning.
The district police have specified which roads water splashing is allowed or banned in order to maintain order and traffic flow in preparation of traffic congestion on the approaches to the Bang Saen beach as well as on the beach road itself.
Sukhumvit Road, from Bang Saen intersection or Galaxy intersection, along the road in front of Burapha University, and the road leading to Bang Saen circle are among the roads where water splashing is prohibited. Pickup trucks carrying water barrels are prohibited, and offenders may be arrested.
Splashing in the water is allowed along the beach road leading to Ang Sila as well as from Sukhumvit Road, from the Khao Lam Road intersection, to Laem Taen, and leading to Ang Sila.
In order to check for drunk driving and drinking on board, 14 police checkpoints are being set up today.
Tens of thousands of people typically attend the festival each year.