But only on January 1. The Thai government has confirmed that all bars and clubs in the kingdom can remain open until 6am on New Year’s Day following the overnight celebration of the western new year. And unlike the 4am closing expected to take effect from December 15, it seems this latest ruling is not limited to certain parts of the country.
Thai PBS World reports that Traisuree Traisoranakul confirmed the move on behalf of the Interior Ministry, saying the special dispensation is designed to boost tourism on what is arguably the biggest party night of the year.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has signed a regulation that will allow nightlife venues in Phuket, Bangkok, Chon Buri (Pattaya), Chiang Mai and Koh Samui to extend closing time to 4am from the current (often ignored) time of 2am.
Anutin has ordered his ministry to work with the local authorities, including police and security agencies, to ensure customers at nightlife venues are kept safe. He also wants to ensure public order is maintained, that drink-driving laws are strictly enforced, and that residents in the areas concerned are not adversely affected.
SOURCE: Thai PBS World