The government has confirmed that the country’s nightlife will be able to remain open until 4am, starting from the New Year holiday period. The decision was announced by Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul yesterday.
The extended hours are part of PM Srettha Thavisin’s bid to boost the economy and tourism in the kingdom. According to Anutin, bars and nightclubs in certain areas will be allowed to remain open until 4am over the New Year holiday period.
The minister adds that the extended opening hours will eventually be rolled out across the country, but will begin in popular tourism destinations, including Phuket, Bangkok and Chiang Mai (we figure Pattaya will also be included in the initial list).
Anutin adds that nightlife operators must ensure their venues remain free from criminal activities.
“We’re doing this for the benefit of law-abiding citizens, so please refrain from drink-driving, carrying illegal weapons and dealing drugs. If everyone cooperates, we won’t have any problems, no matter how long they remain open.”
Anutin adds that the proposal is expected to win Cabinet approval in December, ahead of the busy peak tourist season and the New Year holidays.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post