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I am currently not in CM and was told they have extended the curfew from midnight to 2 or even 4 a.m. Is this true? Google did not give me any results.

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Yayyyy, Worgeordie! I am sure this is a good option for you. So curfew lifted or not?

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There have always been late night bars that keep going behind partially closed shutters, along with the clubs such as Las Vegas paying hefty bribes to the police. Not cheap but a lot of fun if you are in the mood. I think they go until 3am, possibly later ... for some reason, I can't remember 😄

Would be good to see a general lifting of the curfew. It was relaxed years ago in other cities but Chiang Mai, as a red shirt bastion and home of the Shinawatras, was singled out for tougher treatment. Having most places close at midnight definitely sucks the energy out of the city as a tourist destination for westerners - by the time they have finished dinner and decided they are in the mood to go out, a lot of new visitors are disappointed to see everything just die.

Not sure about the Chinese, I have the impression they don't party much. Perhaps that is part of the plan, eliminate the messy legacy alcohol+sex tourism from the west to clear the way for recasting Chiang Mai, the major city closest to China, as a cultural destination for the massive Chinese market.
 

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Thanks, @donnacha. Yeah, there were always places like Las Vegas, Spicy, Black Door and some smaller venues. But a Thai friend of mine told me that some law or regulation has changed and that now they could keep bars and restaurants open until 2 or even 4 a.m. It would be awesome and I wish the good old times where you could stay in a nice place until the early morning would come back.

Actually, some Chinese like to party. Just in other places than us. I frequently see a couple of tables occupied by Chinese at the Beer Lab in Nimman and they definitely drink and eat quite a bit.

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Hello @emptypockets, I am inquiring about bar closing hours. It seems I have used the term "curfew" wrong. My apologies for the confusion.

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If you 'are not currently in CM now' ,which usually means you visit Thailand for 2 weeks a year, why are you concerned if the bars are open late? Can't you find out next time you come to Thailand?

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9 hours ago, No1 said:

Hello @emptypockets, I am inquiring about bar closing hours. It seems I have used the term "curfew" wrong. My apologies for the confusion.

Nothing has changed in CM and your friend (mentioning extending bar trading hours to 2AM or later) is referring to a couple of articles in the paper where Thai authorities discussed the concept; however, unless I read those articles wrong, they were talking about only extending the hours in Pattaya and/or Bangkok.

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9 hours ago, emptypockets said:

Do you know the meaning of the word curfew? Or are you enquiring about bar trading hours?

The original came from the French  cuvrir feu which means 'cover fire'. 

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10 hours ago, donnacha said:


No, it has been commonly referred to as a curfew since it was introduced after the coup. The English language is fluid. In the context of this subject, in this city, that word is absolutely correct.

 

Thanks for clarifying, @donnacha
 

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11 hours ago, donnacha said:

The Asian tradition of going out in groups, sitting at a table, and not mixing with other patrons is quite frustrating. Obviously, I'm biased, but I reckon the western model of meeting and having a laugh with loads of people is more fun.

 


Well observed. Maybe they are just too shy?
 

 

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2 hours ago, CMBob said:

Nothing has changed in CM and your friend (mentioning extending bar trading hours to 2AM or later) is referring to a couple of articles in the paper where Thai authorities discussed the concept; however, unless I read those articles wrong, they were talking about only extending the hours in Pattaya and/or Bangkok.


Thanks for clarifying, CMBob. This is what I suspected. 

 

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Seems that it depends on the place. If they have something good going on with customers then they stay open as things are more relaxed at this time. Officially no, but in reality yes. 

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I went all the time to Chang mai but can't get a beer in the afternoon or late at night so I stay at home instead. AND yes my life roles around beer sex, bikes, and fishing .That's why I'm in NTLOS.

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