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Phuket late-trading crackdown on Patong bars, nightclubs continues

PHUKET: The Patong Police have confirmed they are still raiding and shutting down bars and nightclubs along and near Bangla Rd if they are caught trading past the legal closing times.

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Monday 24 April 2017, 06:04PM


Tourist Police on routine patrol at Phuket's famous entertainment street Bangla Rd. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot
Tourist Police on routine patrol at Phuket's famous entertainment street Bangla Rd. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The news follows Tai Pan, one of the party area’s most popular late-night clubs, being closed for days last week amid silence from the owners. The club reopened last night.

“There has not been any special order to crack down on late trading. We are just following the Phuket Governor’s policy by law,” Patong Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uikum told The Phuket News today (Apr 24).

However, the order to crack down on late trading in Patong came under the governance of Phuket’s previous Governor, Chockchai Dejamornthan. (See story here.)

Gov Chockchai was then transferred to Bangkok by direct order from Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha with immediate effect on April 4. (See story here.)

Phuket’s new Governor, Norraphat Plodthong, who arrived on the island on April 10 (see story here), has yet to make any public comment on late trading in the party town.

“We are upholding the existing law. Some places can stay open to 1am and others can stay open to 2am, depending on which type of entertainment licence the venue has,” Col Chaiwat explained confirmed today.

“Please be careful, some issues are sensitive. This is all I can answer to you,” he said.

Meanwhile, Phuket officials and leading nightlife operators in Patong reported only last week that they had no idea on how the formal request by former Governor Chockchai to allow entertainment venues along Bangla Rd to stay open until 4am is progressing – more than two months after the request was filed (See story here.)

PM Prayut’s order to transfer Gov Chockchai followed the Prime Minister directly confirming that a Patong Police investigator had been moved out Phuket’s busiest resort town pending an investigation into allegations of corruption. (See story here.)

 

 

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Joh | 25 April 2017 - 14:40:48

At the in driving road to Paradise Complex, there is a convenience shop specialized in serving alcohol to late night birds returning from Bangla Rd. 

The shop has tables on the sidewalk and the street, where drunken tourists and Thais sit and yell until late morning.

This business has going on for years in spite of numerous complaints from locals to the police.

The in driving road to Paradise Complex, contrary to the out driving road, is a pure residential area, with hotels, guesthouses and supply business to the tourists living here.

3.000 bath a month is mentioned for allowance payments for running shops/bars like that, but this amount is peanuts compared to the loss of revenue for local businesses due to that shop.

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skip | 25 April 2017 - 03:23:52

It will be highly unlikely that bars will ever be legally entitled to open until 4am. Reason being is the massive amount of corrupt money paid by bar owners that filters upwards in the direction of bangkok. Everyone gets a slice so its not in their best interest to change the law. Once again its the rich and influential controlling corruption, and in this case controlling the law change that will legalise what has been happening for 2+ decades. It appears that receiving corrupt money is a birth right. A passage in the bible gives me some satisfaction as it quotes, people who desire money will never be satisfied by money. It gives me great pleasure when i see the stressed unhappy look on mr PK"s face.

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Christy Sweet | 24 April 2017 - 19:41:15

“Please be careful, some issues are sensitive. This is all I can answer to you,” he said." Oh? Could he mean the issue of mass and systemic corruption?

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Kurt | 24 April 2017 - 19:10:23

If the new Phuket Governor wants to make a point of fighting corruption and illegal matters on Phuket, than he should make his point in Patong, illegal bar times Bangla Road and Soi Paradise. 
At Chalong Patak Road, next to Chalong police station. 
At Rawai and Naiharn.
And soi Gonzo.

If the Governor not do that, as previous Governor not did, he now can pack his shaver and clothes and wait for his transfer to inactive post at Prime Ministers office.
I predicted this for previous Governor as well.

The law is the law, yes?
The Governor , as being the captain on the ship Phuket, has to overlook and maintain law and order enforcement under the him assigned forces. Period.
If the RTP is not doing their job law wise, but just obviously function corrupt ( closing time bars) the Governor has to take steps to correct that.
Who else is stopping the RTP Phuket to collect monthly 2000-3000 thb from every bar open after official closing time?

When do we see police commanders walking bangla road, patak road, so gonzo, naiharn, rawai and many more phuket spots at 02:00 AM?
Never! That disturbs the money coffers.  Yes/No?

Can do that without being to stiff/strict on girls/boys prostitution.
Yes, it is illegal, but they need to make 150,000 thb per month to live and support family elswhere, same like Pattaya, were police commander denies that there is prostitution.
Mhh, are there people here who believe pigs can fly?

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simon01 | 24 April 2017 - 18:20:21

I guess its the farrag owned bars that are targeted. As I know Thai owned bars in Soi Gonzo are staying open till 4 am or later. They do not start to get their customer till after the White Room closes. So if the law is 1am or 2 am then why are the bars allowed till 4am or later?? I have been told by the bar owners they pay 3,000 to the police to allow them to stay open as late as they want. They just draw a black curtain across the street entrance to the street and carry on. So sensitive?? May be. But at the end of the day its just another nail in coffin of the tourism industry in Phuket. The government is slowly going to gets its goal of totally removing all tourists and tourism from phukets shores once and for all.

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