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Patong Police to call in Bangla bar, club owners over late-trading hours

PHUKET: Patong Police this week will call in Patong entertainment business operators, namely bar and nightclub owners, to “clarify” closing times after several venues on Bangla Rd were found to be staying open as late as 5am, the Patong Police Chief has confirmed to The Phuket News.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 25 September 2017, 02:56PM


Patong Police will call in Bangla bar and club operators to 'remind' them of closing times after several venues were found to be staying open as late as 5am. Photo: Mark Knowles / file

Patong Police will call in Bangla bar and club operators to 'remind' them of closing times after several venues were found to be staying open as late as 5am. Photo: Mark Knowles / file

“We need to repeat to entertainment venue operators what the closing times are by law after we found some venues are still closing very late,” Patong Police Chief Col Tassanai Orarigadech told The Phuket News today (Sept 25).

Col Tassanai hinted that the bar and nightclub operators are likely to be called in either tomorrow or Wednesday (Sept 26-27).

Col Tassanai declined to identify which venues were found to be trading illegally after legal closing times.

“More details will be talked about in the meeting,” he said.

“We know that [venue] operators are affected by the current closing times, but we have our job to do. That’s why when I call them in, we can talk about it together and we will gather some feedback from them,” Col Tassanai added.

The latest reinforcement of nightlife closing times follows a purge during the tourism high season earlier this year that saw hordes of revellers being turned out onto the streets in a series of raids on January 30. (See story here.)

In that crackdown, officials forced all bars and clubs within the designated “entertainment zone” in Patong to close at the legal time of 1am, while those outside the zone were ordered to close at midnight.

The officers separated into five teams to cover the busy Bangla Rd area, with the popular Hollywood, White Room, Illusion, Tiger nightclub, Ecstasy nightclub and the renowned Taipan nightclub all raided and “asked for co-operation” in closing on time in accordance with the law.

A sortie of Patong nightlife operators in February were successful in having then-Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan signing and forwarding to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Ministry of Interior a special request to extend the nightlife trading hours in Patong to 4am. (See story here.)

Since then, however, all attempts to confirm whether the request was even under consideration have been met with nothing more than silence. (See story here.)

 

 

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Kurt | 29 September 2017 - 09:45:54

As the bars/venues in Patong are still operating until 5 AM, it seems that the meeting on 26 or 27th between police and the Patong entertainment industry were not fruitful.
Wel, not fruitful about closing time by law. Perhaps fruitful in another way?

I was laughing reading the statement:..."We know that (venue) operators are effected by current closing time, etc, etc."..

Really, a...

Johs | 28 September 2017 - 17:47:58

The police know, so they must have a reason, to let shops sell alcohol illegal at night time 

malczx7r | 27 September 2017 - 13:57:07

If the police know they are staying open late then why aren't they in there shutting them down, the law is the law, or is it just another law along with countless others that never get enforced?

Johs | 27 September 2017 - 13:36:54

Better keeping the party around Bangla Road. than bothering people living in nearby residential neighborhoods with late night partying at local convenience shops.

The law about selling alcohol in shops at night time is quite clear. Residents could only wish, that local police, who are very well aware of the problem, will enforce that law.

Timothy | 27 September 2017 - 08:13:21

Tai Pan has stayed open till past 5am 365 days a year for about 20 years. Nobody ever seems to notice...

Sir Burr | 26 September 2017 - 21:32:38

No....you haven't seen a decline in tourism, you have seen a change in tourism. The demographics have changed and the delights of Bangla are not such a draw to this new demographic.

Cole7457 | 26 September 2017 - 17:36:45

8 years been travelling to Phuket I have seen a decline in tourism so I believe the necessity for venues to operate longer hours Bangla road is a great place and is renoun for its late opening and I personally believe that there is a requirement for the extension of hours 

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