Thai Tourism Authority to officially propose entertainment venues legal opening hours extension to 4:00 A.M. in tourist zones like Phuket and Pattaya

Thailand –

 The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is set to officially propose to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for entertainment venue opening hours to be extended until 4:00 A.M. starting this high season in October.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn stated to the Thai media, “The Tourism and Sports Ministry will suggest to the CCSA for opening hours of entertainment venues in tourism cites to be extended until 4:00 A.M. from this October. This is because this time of the year will be the high season of tourism with many tourists. Tourism cities we have identified for this legal change are Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi, Phuket, Koh Samui, and Chiang Mai.”

“However, the opening hour extensions will be in specific zones in tourist cities such as Bangkok will be on Khaosan Road, Walking Street in Pattaya, and  Bangla Road in Patong. The extension would not be for the entire city limits but rather the busiest entertainment zones.” Phiphat added.

“We will suggest this idea to the CCSA next month. If they approve, the hour’s extension will be started in October. However provincial governors have to approve too.” Phiphat concluded.

TPN notes this is only a proposal and is questionable if it would be approved following a major recent nightclub fireshootout, and guard killing of a customer in three separate incidents across the country.

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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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.