A look at the week ahead in Phuket and Thailand news: Religious holidays bring alcohol sales bans


The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the biggest upcoming stories in Thailand happening over the next week and things to be aware of. This allows our regular readers and new ones alike a chance to stay up to date with everything major happening in Thailand.

The following is for the week of Sunday, July 10th, 2022 to Saturday, July 16th, 2022.

1. Five day holiday weekend approaching including two religious holidays and an alcohol sales ban

Starting Wednesday, July 13th, is a major five day holiday in Thailand including two back to back religious holidays and a government holiday.

For both the 13th and 14th a national alcohol sales ban will be in effect which will shut down all bars and nightlife for both days, a total of 48 hours. Even restaurants, hotels, and convenience stores will be unable to sell alcohol during this period per Thai law on religious holidays.

Restaurants and sports bars can open for sporting events, but alcohol cannot be sold.

Many temples will hold festivals and religious and cultural events on these days and encourage tourists to visit.

Also importantly is that government offices, including Immigration, will be closed during the five day holiday and will reopen on July 18th. The last day to visit before the closure will be July 12th.

That is all for this week! We appreciate your support and see you again next week!

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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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 three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also 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.