The Songkran Festival, a traditional festival featured with water throwing and splashing, may be overshadowed this year due to a lingering drought in Thailand.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday expressed concern about the drought and called on people to use water sparingly and follow the advice of authorities to conserve water.
But he asked the Tourism and Sports Ministry to make sure that foreign tourists will not cancel their trips to Thailand because of the misunderstandings about the severity of the drought.
The annual water-splashing event is scheduled for April 13th-15th.
(Xinhua and MCOT News)