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Feature: Pandemic silences Thai New Year on tourists-favored street

by Wang Yaguang

BANGKOK, April 14 (Xinhua) — Devoid of foreign tourists, the Thai capital’s once-bustling Khaosan Road looks like a ghost town, lying quiet during the country’s most important annual festival Songkran.

During these days in normal years, the Khaosan Road would be chaotic with people going bananas in water splashing and exchange of water gunfire to celebrate the Thai New Year. This year, however, there are only lonely pedestrians and cats napping on the empty road.

Businesses that line the 410-meter stretch, famously known as a paradise for foreign backpackers with cheap accommodation, street food and nightlife, were on the cusp of life and death, while a new wave of COVID-19 outbreak added to the misery.

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