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7 hours ago, Somtamnication said:

"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! 

I think most bars and clubs close at 2am. Only Pattaya has grown up licensing hours. Bangkok is like a graveyard now. I never visit or even stay over when I pass through. The Tunnel club used to be open till about 7am   and Swing would open between 7am and 9am. In the old days The Thermae did not close till 7am. The GG bars used to stay open till 4am. The issue is not just pub opening hours but the wholesale destruction of street life, hawkers,  vendors and food stalls. One of the most vibrant,  energetic cities in Asia was ruined by a non elected regime.

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Where I live the 7/11 some times does sell beer between 11 and 5 but not always.

The farcical thing is there are loads of Bars which are open next door selling alcohol and the Mom and Pop stores who wil sell alcohol irrespective of the time and the no alcohol days.

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7 hours ago, NanLaew said:

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.

Or just go to a shop that does not have a computerised till. Only supermarkets and 7/11s obey this silly rule.

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4 hours ago, toofarnorth said:

and for those still drinking Chang at 4 am ' The drunker I stand here the longer I get '.

I've often pold teople I'm not as thunk as drinkle peep I am.

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3 minutes ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

Or just go to a shop that does not have a computerised till. Only supermarkets and 7/11s obey this silly rule.

The Family Mart and the 7/11 sell beer anytime near me and they have computerised tills.

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To be successful in tourism, like any business you have to give the customers what they want. Forty years ago Greece didn’t like topless bathing, Spain didn’t like nude bathing. But to please the customers they allowed it on designated beaches.

 

If tourists want to drink 24/7, give them suitable places to do it. In Dubai, even during Ramadan, the pubs are open to non-Muslims, can’t Thailand do that on Buddhist holy days for foreign tourists and residents?

 

I am all for preserving local culture but this nanny limitation affects the bottom line, discourages tourism and is harmful to the night time economy.

 

In the UK the pressure came from the brewers to reform the licensing laws, maybe that will happen here too.

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Just go to the small chinese shops (mom and pop)--they will sell you anything from Lao Kao 60b to a liter of JWB--all day! I been here 16 years and it ain't ever changed.

 

At the pharmacy where I buy super strong doctor-only sleeping pills, the local police captain is a good friend as well. He stops for coffee while I am buying $300 of pills, and merely titters.

 

TIT

 

Eddy

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Can alcoholic drinks also be sold until 4.00 am?

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Many bars in Pattaya open when they want and close when they want. I suspect some sort of "permit" can be purchased.

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5 minutes ago, Classic Ray said:

To be successful in tourism, like any business you have to give the customers what they want. Forty years ago Greece didn’t like topless bathing, Spain didn’t like nude bathing. But to please the customers they allowed it on designated beaches.

 

If tourists want to drink 24/7, give them suitable places to do it. In Dubai, even during Ramadan, the pubs are open to non-Muslims, can’t Thailand do that on Buddhist holy days for foreign tourists and residents?

 

I am all for preserving local culture but this nanny limitation affects the bottom line, discourages tourism and is harmful to the night time economy.

 

In the UK the pressure came from the brewers to reform the licensing laws, maybe that will happen here too.

And it has caused loads of social problems in the U.K., Bar owners want to reverse the hours now as the kids only have a certain amount of money so go out later.

The biggest benefit at the time was all day opening, but even now that has gone by the wayside due to the clampdown on drinking alcohol during lunch time meal break. A sandwich and a beer are no longer possible as companies operate a no alcohol policy even to the extent some work places construction sites where is random breath testing.

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1 minute ago, spidermike007 said:

Somebody needs to explain to Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, that the foreigners he is seeking (mostly westerners, as the Chinese and Indians do not frequent the bars much) are lost forever. Due to a hundred mistakes made over the past 10 years or so. They will never return. Sure, there are a small number of them still coming, and of course, there are some of us ex-pats still living here. But, the army specifically, has been a devastating scourge on the nation, and a blight on the land. If only the Thai people really understood how hapless, incompetent, corrupt, fearful, hateful and useless they are, and the extent to which they are moving the nation backwards, and polluting nearly all government ministries with their racism and xenophobia. 

 

Extending the bar hours is going to do little, to defeat the current state of tourism malaise gripping this nation. This is something the nation has earned, through it's political apathy. 

Don’t they realise its not the opening hours which is deterring Tourists, not everyone comes to Thailand for 24 hour drinking, it’s the poor exchange rates.

It will be interesting too see what figures are announced in the coming months re arrivals. TAT will say there has been an increase but I suspect the Hotel/Bar Owners will disagree.

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2 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Somebody needs to explain to Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, that the foreigners he is seeking (mostly westerners, as the Chinese and Indians do not frequent the bars much) are lost forever. Due to a hundred mistakes made over the past 10 years or so.

There are so many tourist destinations full of tourists and these destinations don't provide noise and sex at every corner. But obviously Thailand wants to go back to times before. But I hear many complaints by sex tourists that sex got pretty expensive here. I don't know since I never use such a service. And what I have watched was that sex tourists don't care much about closing times. They will take home the service person much earlier. 

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Of course. Thailand is broke and needs the money. Most just go to 7 before midnight and stock up

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8 hours 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. 

Bah Humbug!

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