It looks like former Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, will have a nice Songkran in Laos this year. Thai news is reporting at least 50,000 supporters are expected to travel from Thailand to Laos to welcome Thaksin and help make his Songkran a happy one.
Songkran, the Thai New Year, is one of the biggest holidays in Thailand but, as Thaksin can’t come back to Thailand as he would likely be put in jail to serve a 2-year prison sentence for supposed abuse of power, then Thaksin’s supporters will go to him. And Laos for Songkran is this year’s destination.
If you are one of those Thais wanting to greet Thaksin for Songkran, there are at least 50,000 people expected to meet at a sports stadium in Nong Khai in northeastern Thailand on April 11. Everyone will then travel to Vientiane, the Laos capital, the following day.
Songkran, of course, will be celebrated from April 13-15th, so you’ll have plenty of time to see Thaksin, spend time getting to know Vientiane, and have a fun Songkran holiday. I wish I was going to be in Thailand for Songkran, as I’d definitely go. It sounds like fun.