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Foreigners vote in support of Patong 4am closing

Foreigners vote in support of Patong 4am closing

PHUKET: Two-thirds of people responding to an online poll by The Phuket News agree that the closing time of nightlife venues in Patong should be extended to 4am.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 20 September 2022, 11:08AM


Patong nightlife staff hold placards calling for 4am closing during the visit to Bangla Rd by Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn earlier this month. Photo: PR Phuket

Patong nightlife staff hold placards calling for 4am closing during the visit to Bangla Rd by Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn earlier this month. Photo: PR Phuket

The poll, launched Monday last week, closed to responses at midnight on Friday (Sept 16).

The poll was created following Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn calling for local media to conduct their own polls in order for more public opinion on the issue to be assessed before he presents his proposal to the CCSA, the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Interior next month.

In total, 48.17% of the responses supported the late closing time, agreeing that, “Yes, it will stop ‘facilitation’ payments and many venues close later than 2am anyway.”.

A further 18.29% voted, “Yes, but only for Bangla Rd as a ‘special zone’ within the existing entertainment zone.”

However, objection to extending the closing time in Patong from 2am to 4am was still considerable, with 27.44% of respondents voting, “No, the 2am closing time is late enough.”

Some 6.1% of respondents were indifferent to the issue, voting, “No opinion, people choosing to party late has no effect on me.”

Of note, 70% of respondents to the poll identified themselves as local expatriate residents, and a further 26% identified themselves as a foreign visitor to Phuket.

Only 4% of respondents to the poll identified themselves as Thai nationals.

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Kurt | 21 September 2022 - 09:46:34

Prab is good in marketing his business very well, up to very high levels in BKK. The temporarely 'dressing up' helps. Politiciens coming to Phuket can say/confirm: 'See, we not have prostitution in Thailand, only hostess'.  :-)  Well, everybody happy. Sabai-sabai.

Kurt | 21 September 2022 - 00:19:11

Interesting Poll. Most Responses actually say: "Make present illegal situation legal. And at least tackles the illegal RTP facilitation payments as well. All together a real double  'clean up'. Only 4% Thai responses. Seems they don't care to have loud entertainment till sunrise near their houses. They love noise at night anyway. ( fire crackers)

Capricornball | 20 September 2022 - 14:29:41

Wow!...another surprise from the boozing sexpat capital of SE Asia! I think the next meaningful survey might be asking all school children if they want to replace vegetables with chocolate in their school lunches...probably be similar forecasted results. Also nice to see Pab's paid vice workers dressed in business attire, as opposed to their normal bargirl costumes.

 

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