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Phuket Governor looks to extend nightlife closing times at Karon Beach

PHUKET: Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan has set his sights on extending nightlife trading times for entertainment venues along Taina Rd in Karon, he revealed at a press conference at Provincial Hall yesterday (Feb 22).

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 23 February 2017, 12:14PM


Governor Chockchai confirmed that the official request for nightlife venues along Bangla Rd to stay open until 4 am was received by Ministry of Interior last week.

“The next area I would like to request for the Ministry of Interior to allow 4am closing is the entertainment zone on Taina Rd in Karon,” he said.

Of note, Taina Rd and Bangla Rd are the only recognised entertainment zones on the island. Nightlife venues in all other areas of the island, including Rawai, Kamala, Cherng Talay and Phuket Town, even if issued an entertainment license, are supposed to – by law – close at midnight.

“I think the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mrs Kobkarn (Wattanavrangkul), will support this appeal for Phuket. Both entertainment areas are tourism nightlife attractions,” Gov Chockchai added.

A public hearing to gauge public support for extending the closing times on Taina Rd is expected to be held soon, Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Thawornwat Khongkaew told The Phuket News.

“Gov Chockchai has repeatedly asked the Muang District Chief to hold a public hearing about this,” he said.

“The main reason is for tourists only. There are tourism entertainment areas other than Bangla Rd,” he added.

Regarding the request for Bangla Rd venues to stay open until 4am, Palad Thawornawt explained, “The next step is for Ministry of Interior officials to present this to their legal experts for consideration.”

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The official request for to allow entertainment venues on along Bangla Rd only to stay open – and sell alcohol – until 4am was dispatched to Bangkok last Wednesday (Feb 15). (See story here.)

The move follows a crackdown earlier this month that saw scores of revellers in Phuket’s party town kicked out onto the tourist-flooded streets one night (see story here), and then bars and nightclubs deserted the next (see story here).

The raids enforced the current law that bars must close at midnight and nightclubs must close at 1am. These closing times are for venues inside Patong’s “entertainment zone”, which comprises Bangla Rd and extends 50 metres on either side thereof – venues elsewhere, depending on their entertainment license, are supposed to close earlier.

To this, Gov Chockchai last Thursday admitted he knew the problem had been a long time coming.

See also: Phuket Opinion: The Bangla ballet (click here)

To vote in the online poll by The Phuket News asking, “Should Patong night venues stay open later?” click here.


 

 

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maicotai | 25 February 2017 - 08:50:44

Thaina Rd. is empty of entertainment places and almost of the business are closed already long time , so what the reason of the late opening time ??? 

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Sir Burr | 24 February 2017 - 07:29:11

@eric dekegel
Maybe re-read the article where it says this:-

"Of note, Taina Rd and Bangla Rd are the only recognised entertainment zones on the island".

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kangaloowest | 24 February 2017 - 05:08:31

Kamala is dead by 9:30 pm.
Absolutely pointless to stay open after mid-night

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Kurt | 23 February 2017 - 19:33:04

Wow, looks Phuket Governor likes to look for making legal what is illegal as soon as possible, before NACC can put the hands on it.

That the Governor already sees long time this 'problem' is coming is nonsense.
He hardly finds his way over the island.
Is more in China, Japan and Korea than on Phuket.
Looks like saving a lot of Phuket Government people of corruption charges.

Night closing times are illegal broken many years already, it did give corrupt not maintaining law enforcement officers a fine extra income.
Now this Governor tries to make quickly legal.

Governor better starts a pilot project first. Yes, make whole Kamala night life closing time 04:00 AM! Try that 1 year.

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marcher | 23 February 2017 - 16:06:06

Cannot make comments here. First time Error 523 comes up (often ) second told to log in when I am always permanently logged in.Why the slip ups these days??

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eric dekegel | 23 February 2017 - 15:11:28

Why not all over the island or are his friends only doing business in Patong kata karon?

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Kamala Bars | 23 February 2017 - 12:50:13

Kamala should be open until 4am.

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