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4am closing: Will put Thai tourism "down the drain", says Dr Mohamed

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With that name I figure he's an opponent to all alcohol 

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I sure wish they would restrict the hours (and the noise) at some of these temple parties that go on almost all night.

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16 hours ago, mtls2005 said:

I feel bad for the employees who will be required to work extra hours. Yes, I assume they'll be paid for the extra time, but still could be long shift.

 

Agreed. Although implementation would be the challenge.

 

It seems like the subset of tourists who want to party later could be addressed with a few, limited concentrated "zones"?

Like they don't remember when 4 am was normal, if not later? Seems a lot of farangs haven't been in LOS long enough to know how it used to be.

Back then, LOS really did smile, and sanuk was order of the day. Apparently the party poopers have done a good job destroying the smile and as for sanuk- that vanished long ago.

I'm thinking that it's too late to bring back the good times. The party people have gone to pastures greener, and Thailand will have to put up with the sheeple in organised group tours, going to bed nice and early so they can be herded into the rip off gem stores etc next day without falling asleep.

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20 hours ago, webfact said:

He urged a rethink saying that the minister's claims about closing times in Italy were broad brush remarks

I'm sure the minister will find the answer he's looking for on his tour of Milan.... but he won't be out drinking to 4am to see the effects... most probably out afternoon shopping for a new handbag for the missus!

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It certainly does need controlling here & therefore contained. I'm against the extension of hours for all alcoholic sales. A similar system to other civilized countries would be more acceptable, it keeps these "extended hours" establishments only in designated areas & it is really all that is required where it can be policed for everyone's wellbeing & safety ................. an "open house" system should not be encouraged as it affects the quality of life most of the general public who keep to regular hours. I have seen so much widespread alcohol abuse in all walks of life here ......... local whisky is so cheap & available everywhere, even 7/11's, so extension of hours should not be encouraged. Let's just keep to the normal hours & extensions granted on a licensed basis ........... locals do not need their master's encouragement to drink more. They should have a plan to curb it not encourage it ...... fact. Those that become dependent on drink need help, it's a drug which destroys lives. You ruin other peoples lives as well as your own, your family & the wellbeing of other's too by being an alcoholic. In moderation it is fine ...... but don't get dependent on it! Once hooked the only "way home" is a journey through hell dragging all your loved one's with you. It needs controlling & the "jingle" of cash registers should not be the first consideration ...... people do matter.

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Was at Nana last night, picked up a young lady from Rainbow 1, but I still agree with Dr Mohamed when he says that the country's sleaze industry doesn't need any encouragement. However the country is in such a state of confusion when it comes to foreigners and tourism that this issue will have a negligible effect and TAT should step back and look at the global mess.

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Dr Mohamed just doesn't quite get it, does he?  Tourist go on holidays to enjoy themselves and drinking is usually part of that enjoyment, particularly for the younger people ie: 20's, 30's and 40 year olds.  They like to go out and have a great night, drinking dancing and hopefully find some romancing and in most tourist cities / places around the world 4 - 5 am finish is the norm.  Bars / clubs closing times in certain parts off the country, including parts of Phuket where tourists throng to should have later closing times so that people don't go home saying and telling friends "i'm never going back there again" it's like being in a kindergarten. 

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Would be better off removing the no alcohol sale between 2-5pm rule and making wine more affordable.

People come on holiday to relax, eat and drink.

Being told when you cant have a drink when you are on holiday is annoying and then when you can being charged extortionate prices on anything else other than the local <deleted> water is ridiculous.

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17 hours ago, malibukid said:

more drunks, great.

Pray tell: where would they be coming from?

Are they all hiding now, because 3 am is the only decent time to drink?

Because I don't see many in the bars at any given time!

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Is Dr Mohammed by any chance a religious fruit loaf who spends his life trying to stop people drinking alcohol and having sex. What a w*nker. Not your business Mohammed.

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Yes. Immediately down the drain. Puh...lee...z! Gloom and doom Puritans are at it again. Any argument to support their agenda. Stop regulating others and quietly sit at home sipping your tea. Thanks.

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