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Drought-hit Bangkok urges Songkran revellers to switch water pistols for spray bottles

Bangkok officials have urged revellers to try and conserve water during the upcoming Songkran (water throwing) festival by swapping water pistols for spray bottles, which use less water.

Songkran festival, Bangkok.
Songkran festival, Bangkok. Image by James Antrobus / CC BY 2.0

The annual festival has already been cut short from four days to three in Bangkok (12-14 April) due to water shortages in the Thai capital, with water fights only allowed until 9pm. Water distribution stations will not be available this year, with big water guns also banned. Read more: bangkok.coconuts.co