‘Prab Keesin’ resigning as advisor to President of the Patong Entertainment Business Association 

Phuket –

‘Prab Keesin’ who is the Chairman of the Pisona Group and Chief of the Patong Development Foundation has resigned from his advisor to president position of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA).

Our previous story:

Entertainment venues’ entrepreneurs and employees at Bangla Walking Street were gathering on April 16th, 2022 to stage a peaceful protest following a famous Thai lawyer’s video posted on social media of a venue that was allegedly opened over the legal closing time of 11:00 P.M.

Over a hundred Phuket hotel workers gathered at the Patong Bay Hill Resort Hotel in Patong, Phuket, to support hotel owner Preechawut (Prab) Keesin after the hotel was reportedly violating legal closing times and was forced to shut down for 15 days.


Preechavude ‘Prab Keesin’ yesterday (May 4th) handed a resignation letter to the PEBA association. He stated in the letter, “Due to many complaints about business operators on Bangla Road and in Patong, I am unable to keep peace between business operators and unable to employ people as I want to help them after the Covid – 19 crisis. I have tried my best for the past 15 years to improve the Patong economy.”

“However, there are some groups of selfish business operators who used a famous lawyer and media to cause problems for our tourism city. These people make business operators become not harmonized.” Prab said in his letter.

“I am not involved with that famous lawyer. I don’t like this method and I have never done this or was behind this. I have never thought even a minute to destroy my home and my city.” Prab wrote.

“To make the society and the association understand me and to be responsible for the incident at the Bay Hill on April 15th and to stop the misunderstanding, I want to resign from the position as advisor to president of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA) and stop my role and activities with the association.”

Preechavude Keesin (Prab) May 4th, 2022

TPN media notes that legal closing times for entertainment venues continue to be a sore point in Phuket and Pattaya. In fact, legally the venues are still closed due to Covid19 rules but allowed to be converted restaurants for the time being. There has been no firm announcement on when this will change from the central government.

Additionally, Phuket has been attempting to be a special administrative zone for over a decade which would grant it essentially self governance and set their own closing hours for entertainment venues and nightlife versus the national limit of roughly midnight, however this has been regularly denied.

Only Bangkok and Pattaya are special administrative zones currently but these benefits are suspended due to the Covid-19 emergency decree leaving the current legal closing time of midnight for nightlife the same across the Kingdom of Thailand.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.