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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen has canceled the boat races for this years Water Festival - Daffy123 (talk) photo

 

 

Thailand's 44-year-old Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has advised citizens to move to higher ground as the depths of the water could rise to a meter and a half in some areas - Thailand government website http://www.thaigov.go.th photo

 

 

Travel Tips - Cambodia - Thailand - Part 1 - CAMBODIA'S WATER FESTIVAL RACES CANCELED

 

 

Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen has canceled the boat races for this years Water Festival - Thailand's Loi Krathong Festival is a Mystery if it will go on given the nations flash flooding situation

 

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FLOODING & RAINS CHANGE HOLIDAY FESTIVEL PLANS

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen. has canceled the boat races for this years Water Festival that was to be celebrated November 9-11, citing that it is too dangerous as the water level has been rising on the Tonle Sap River where the races are held annually. Many of the festival goers sit on the banks of the river to watch the races.

The Prime Minister pointed out other than the dangerous conditions the money to put on the event would be better served to assist the country's recovery from the devastation that the floods have caused resulting in hundreds of deaths.

The float display on the river has also been canceled. Floats are colorfully decorated by the provinces and take time and money to complete for the competition. The provinces are currently busy trying to dig out of their flooded conditions. Seventeen of the 24 provinces have been overwhelmed by the floods affecting 10 million of the nation's 14 million citizens.

Music concerts are permitted to go on during the festival period. The concerts are primarily presented by TV stations promoting their talent. Some concerts are presented by companies selling their products. The cancellation has brought about concern from vendors that rented booths and paid in advance. They are concerned that due to the cancellations of the activities on the river that there will be poor attendance and they are requesting that heir money be returned.


THAILAND'S LOI KRATHONG CELEBRATION MYSTERY

Flash rain storms have devastated Thailand more than Cambodia with 342 reported deaths since July. That figure was announced at this past weekend. Thailand celebrates the Loi Krathong every year in November. The activity includes participants floating Krathongs on the waterways. At this time there is no word if the celebration will occur or be canceled. At present the government is more focused on advising Bangkok residents to leave the area with the flood waters rising.

The government is in a crisis mode. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has advised citizens to move to higher ground as the depths of the water could rise to a meter and a half in some areas.

Due to the worst flooding in the nation in 50 years tourism is suffering and hotels are losing bookings. The center of Bangkok is currently dry but the north of the city is in trouble. Don Muang airport which is located in the northern part of the city is closed. That airport largely service domestic flights.

In a selfish outlook the government is concerned about declaring a state of emergency as it would ruin investors' confidence. The sad irony is the Loi Krathong celebration is largely about water and the nation is inundated with that.

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