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Phuket Governor petitions PM Prayut to allow Patong nightlife to close at 4am

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan has confirmed to The Phuket News that he has signed and sent to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha and the Ministry of Interior a special request to extend time the trading hours for nightlife venues along Patong’s Bangla Rd to 4am.

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Yutthawat Lekmak

Thursday 16 February 2017, 03:15PM


Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan has asked Bangkok to allow bars and clubs along Patong's Bangla Rd to stay open until 4am. Photo: PR Dept
Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan has asked Bangkok to allow bars and clubs along Patong's Bangla Rd to stay open until 4am. Photo: PR Dept


The request was sent yesterday (Feb 15), Governor Chockchai said.

“I sent a formal request asking both the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Interior to consider changing the law to be more appropriate for businesses and entertainment venues on Bangla Rd,” Gov Chockchai said.

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 admitted he knew the problem had been a long time coming.

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“In the three months since I arrived on here in Phuket, I have learned that his problem had grown worse over many years,” he said.

Explaining the requested closing of 4am, Gov Chockchai explained, “I chose that time because we know that tourists in Patong get up late in the morning and like to stay out at night”

“If the law can be changed to suit of businesses in Patong, then these businesses will be available to provide much better, and more, services to visitors – and the gain in revenue to Thailand can be enormous,” Gov Chockchai added.

Calls by The Phuket News to the Ministry of Interior main office in Bangkok to confirm the request had been received went unanswered.

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

 

 

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swerv | 17 February 2017 - 14:18:44

Kurt: This article is about extending the bar closing hours, so why are you waffling on about a beach?
BTW the entrance to this beach is via private land, hence the charge.
Try and stay on track.

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Nasa123 | 17 February 2017 - 12:49:42

Look at that BIG smile on  Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan, He knows the money flows into (...) pockets already.

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Kurt | 17 February 2017 - 10:37:37

Governor of Phuket has his doubts or there is corruption on Phuket or not.
Why the Governor allows private persons to force visitors of Laem Singh Beach to pay them parking fees for cars and motorbikes on the Phuket Government public road?
Why allows the Phuket government the chase away of a beach guard at Lam Singh Beach by private people who confiscated Laem Singh beach?
Why the Phuket Government allows at Laem Singh Beach everything what is not allowed at other beaches?

Why it seems the Phuket Government not have jurisdiction over Laem Singh Beach?
It looks like there is corruption involved.
From parking at road above till you walk into the water of LaemSingh Beach, everything is under control of private people.
It is a private managed enclave, under the eyes of Phuket Government.
How is that possible without corruption of officials?
When is Phuket Government going to take back Laem Singh Beach?
Bring it back under Phuket Government Law & Order.

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Dashe | 16 February 2017 - 21:41:11

'By the way, the other entertainment venues in Phuket would get unfair competition with bar businesses in Bangla Road by letting them to open until 4AM.'

Not really that much nightlife for tourists left outside of Bangla these days, especially in low season. 

People go Patong, with its higher prices for everything, for nightlife, other cheaper/nicer parts if that is no real interest to them, thus most local nightlife around the island is generally tiny.

And really this whole thing is about stoping the 'crack downs' that happen 2-3 times a year, which is not only affecting business but also tourists that come to Patong specifically to party (anyone here last 2 weeks has not had a holiday that lived up to their expectation and many will think twice before returning), everyone knows Bangla is normally open to 3-6 normally and that's one of main reasons for coming.

A party town that shuts at midnight-1am is not a party town

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Kurt | 16 February 2017 - 19:24:12

And,..Oh Prime Minister General Prayuth..   the governor of Phuket only ask this for the Bangla Road area.
For the rest of Phuket we keep the illegal opening time in own hands, meaning that if the bar owners over there pay the normal night kick backs as they do now to officials, they also can remain open till 4 AM, or even later, because they pay us protection money for the whole night..  Yes, the whole night, Prime Minister. As usual already many years!
All must be fair handled, Prime Minister general Prayuth!

But Prime Minister Genenal Prayuth, please, Patong must be able to continue the polluted water bloom-bloom and the boom-boom business. 

Of course the revenues to Thailand will not be enormous. The revenues will be enormous for the bar owners, coz they not have to pay any protection money any more to Officials when the decades illegal opening times become legal.
That is still a problem, that extra lost of income of Officials, but don't worry Prime Minister, as from existing illegal opening times we go to the same legal, that asks some sacrifice of Phuket officials.
For that we will give the officials an extra decoration on their already heavenly decorated uniform shirt.

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Joh | 16 February 2017 - 19:05:02

Late night drinkers don't need to worry. There are plenty of small outlets in residential areas illegally serving alcohol all night. For example, in the in driveway road in Paradise Complex. Causing great inconvenience to hotel guests in the area, trying to sleep.

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Police Mafia | 16 February 2017 - 18:20:07

The reason the bars close at 1 am is because the police can then extort money from them to stay open until 4 am which is the case right now. I was drinking at several bangla road bars until 4 am this week.

I don't think the police would want the law changed as then they have to find another way to extort money from bar owners.

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Asterix | 16 February 2017 - 16:40:06

The petition has nearly no chance to succeed with Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Ministry of Interior because other entertainment special zonings in Bangkok (Patpong, Soi Cowboy), Pattaya and many others places in Thailand will request for them too.
In my opinion, the Phuket Governor knows the answer but he want to play the good guy who can help but without real power in his own hands as all decisions are done par NCPO and those decision-makers in Bangkok.
By the way, the other entertainment venues in Phuket would get unfair competition with bar businesses in Bangla Road by letting them to open until 4AM.

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BenPendejo | 16 February 2017 - 15:53:38

"Yes...Khun Chan-O Cha...this is Chockchai... and yes, while we do have tourists dying regularly from reckless and unmanageable taxi and minivan drivers, and the jet ski mafia continues to rule the beach even though tourists are dying and getting ripped off as usual... I really need your help in keeping the bars open to 4:00 AM, as we have many boom boom girls that no can find short time work...and it is hurting our economy".

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