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Tourism minister wants to extend pub closing hours

By The Nation

 

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Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn

 

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has proposed that bars and pubs in some tourist destinations be allowed to stay open until 4am to attract foreign tourists to spend more.

 

Phiphat said he would discuss his ideas to stimulate nightlife tourism with Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and other ministers. 

 

The closing time for pubs and bars is 2am.

 

Phiphat said he believed that if closing is extended to 4 am, tourists will spend 25 per cent more on eating and drinking.

 

He added however that the proposal did not apply to all areas but would cover such popular tourist spots as the Silom nightlife zone in Bangkok, Patong in Phuket, Ao Nang in Krabi and Koh Samui in Surat Thani. 

 

Meanwhile, Witchayayut Boonchit, deputy secretary general of the National Economic and Social Development Board, said the number of Chinese tourists dropped by 8 per cent in the second quarter, following on from the 1.7 per cent fall in arrivals in the first quarter.

 

He said Chinese tourists were apparently worried by the depreciation of the yuan so were visiting Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and South Korea instead of travelling to Thailand.

 

He said 19.76 million foreign tourists visited Thailand during the first half (January to June) this year, which was an increase of 1.48 per cent over the previous year. They generated revenue of Bt1.02 trillion for the country.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375022

 

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"He added however that the proposal did not apply to all areas but would cover such popular tourist spots as the Silom nightlife zone in Bangkok, Patong in Phuket, Ao Nang in Krabi and Koh Samui in Surat Thani. "

 

Well then, superfluous this extension, me says! 

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"if closing is extended to 4 am, tourists will spend 25 per cent more on eating and drinking"

And probably increase drunk driving accidents/deaths by a similar amount, as there is near zero enforcement of drunk driving laws in the wee hours. 

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How about ending the idiotic and pointless no buying booze times? As it is I cannot get a glass of wine in the local pizza restaurant in the afternoon, must baffle some tourists who bought the lie that Thailand is 'laid back' In some places 7/11 does not even stock drinks as too near a School, but it's illegal to sell to kids anyway. People who live near pubs don't want them open until 4am, they go from one extreme to the other.

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13 minutes ago, Captain_Bob said:

"if closing is extended to 4 am, tourists will spend 25 per cent more on eating and drinking"

And probably increase drunk driving accidents/deaths by a similar amount, as there is near zero enforcement of drunk driving laws in the wee hours. 

Classic. Just another example of the perpetual farang whiners "damned if they do and damned if they don't" response.

 

"They're killing tourism with their alcohol bans!!!"

 

Then...

 

"They're going to kill more people with less alcohol restrictions!!!"

 

Make your bloody minds up willya?!

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13 minutes ago, SammyT said:

Perhaps they could bring Chiang Mai into the fold and stop enforcing midnight closing. Extend it out til 2am to be in line with the rest of Thailand. 

Midnight in Udon Thani except for the one police-owned local dance hall which respects the national 2 AM curfew.

 

I don't ramwong either.

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9 minutes ago, Orton Rd said:

How about ending the idiotic and pointless no buying booze times?

Yes. Even in an out of the way place like Tha Ton I was amused by the queue of 5 foreigners standing at the cool drinks cabinet as the clock hit 5pm all waiting to get a cold beer on a hot afternoon. Probably one of Thailands most stupid rules as when the kids are in school you cant get a drink but after they finish everything opens up.

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9 minutes ago, Lungstib said:

Yes. Even in an out of the way place like Tha Ton I was amused by the queue of 5 foreigners standing at the cool drinks cabinet as the clock hit 5pm all waiting to get a cold beer on a hot afternoon. Probably one of Thailands most stupid rules as when the kids are in school you cant get a drink but after they finish everything opens up.

How many times do we have to explain to the know-it-all foreigners that the 134:00 - 17:00 alcohol sales ban is to stop the kids carrying on drinking after lunch and taking the whole afternoon off school.

 

Here's a clue: you can buy cold beer anytime between 11:00 and 14:00. Just need to get your lazy ass outta bed earlier be more motivated.

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