Opening hours of entertainment venues, bars and restaurants to be extended in Thailand
Thailand's Prime Minister Stretta Thaksin has agreed to extend the opening hours of the country's nightlife venues, such as pubs and bars, to 4 a.m. The law will first be tested in the tourist cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, and Phuket.
It is reported that the rule will come into force on December 15, but no deadline for the trial has been set. According to the Bangkok Post, the government's decision was announced in a joint statement with Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.
It is noted that the extension of the opening hours of nightlife establishments was also discussed with the Royal Thai Police and four provincial governors. Together, the parties concluded that a trial period should be introduced.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said, "We intend to stimulate the economy and tourism within the country. This plan will also help generate more revenue for businesses in the tourism sector, including restaurants and entertainment venues."
Previously, bars and pubs closed at 2:00 a.m., but some tourists felt some inconveniences because of this. Due to different eating habits and the time difference, foreigners were forced to have dinner and drink at the same time earlier than they were used to.
The current law allows the sale of alcoholic beverages only until midnight, and it is forbidden to listen to music in public places after 00:00. The details of the law, including police patrols of establishments at night, will be discussed later.