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Jacob Maslow

New Bangkok Nightlife Curfew Rumors Cause Tourism Concerns

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The soldier rulers of Thailand should just make it a dry country every second weekend you cant get a drink here always someone's birthday or holy day, that would also stamp out most of the drink related problems with driving deaths on the roads would come down and with the 25 year old Thai teenagers drinking and causing pregnancy and youth crime

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The sky is falling, the sky is falling... this is BS, the curfew is nothing more than a low speed bump. It should be noted, only 5% (give or take 1%) of tourism revenue comes from the (lively) bars and girl businesses. That study was done a few years back (sorry no reference). Now... what revenue are we talking about, drinks...sure their hyper-inflated, and dare I mention bar-fines? Note, that when Mr. T was the man in charge, he saw a golden goose, hiding in the bars, that was taxation revenue. Now when you mix in tax revenue, you got a real tool, to cry foul. Face it...early closures, less hangovers (perhaps) and most likely better decisions made after midnight, just might save swizzlers and punters some money.

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I realize this is Thailand, so facts and laws are always in flux. I see some contradictions on this thread on what this all means. One poster says there will be no exceptions. Another says Nana and Cowboy are entertainment zones and are exempt. Does anyone know for sure?

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Tourists won't care. They will simply go somewhere else and Thailand again loses much needed income. But the people running the country are loaded and do not care about the everyday person working to survive.

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Maybe it would be good to use the word curfew when there is a curfew, and 'bar closing times' for what this is.

I'm sorry but the article mentions the word CURFEW.

CURFEW is something very serious happening only during war time and, speaking about Thailand, during the frequent coups.

CURFEW is NOT harmless. This is serious. With army keeping the streets empty.

So, please journos, tell us if we are speaking about a CURFEW or just a "bar closing time".

Winnie thinks we are speaking about "bar closing time" but remember that a Military Junta is running this country...

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The nightlife seems like it's been dead for a while now. I know the vans used to kind of obstruct traffic flow through Suk 11, but at least the area seemed festive and well, busy. I'm not much of a club person, or even a gogo bar person. Meeting random people over beers or buckets in the street was a favorite pasttime of mine. The streets seem so empty now, everything closes early and it's become kind of boring. Even tourists I met were kind of like, hey this place isn't what I expected at all, why is everything closed?

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Please conform to the posting rules here. A few posts have been removed for making derogatory remarks about a general population.

Thanks.

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What a fickle place. There's just no consistency. rolleyes.gif

That's why living in Thailand is so exciting. Every day different, every day a new surprise. Wonderful! I love it! clap2.gif

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