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Phuket crackdown sees Patong’s Bangla bars shutter early

PHUKET: Scores of police and other Phuket law-enforcement officers targeted bars and other nightlife venues on Bangla Rd on Monday night (Jan 30), ordering the venue operators to follow the law and close on time.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 1 February 2017, 07:13PM

Accordingly, all bars and clubs within the designated “entertainment zone” in Phuket top party town closed at 1am, while those outside the zone were ordered to close at midnight.

The sortie of officers massed at the traditional police assembly point in front of the police box at the beach end of Bangla Rd at 11pm, when they were briefed on their objectives as paid out by a direct order from Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan.

Delivering their mission was Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Thawornwat Khongkaew, accompanied by Patong Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uikum and Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong, among others.

“I want Phuket to be neat and correct and legal so that officials can take care of security of life and property of tourists and Phuket ‘brothers and sisters’ in order to boost confidence (in) and the image of Phuket Province,” the order read.

The officers separated into five teams to cover the busy 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.

The officers also warned the nightlife venue operators not to allow minors under 20 years old into the clubs, nor drugs or weapons were permitted inside such venues.

The officers also warned against participating in human trafficking and to not operate sex shows.

“All venues must strictly adhere to the law. Anyone found breaking the law will face prosecution,” Gov Chockchai’s order warned.

Venues were also called on to not break the rules in selling alcohol, which under the Alcohol Act includes the selling of alcohol by promotions, such as “2 for 1” promotions and happy hours.

“Any operator found guilty of breaking any of these laws will result in the venue operators having their entertainment licenses revoked,” the order cautioned.



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LES | 02 February 2017 - 19:33:42

Have we not heard and had this all before.....then a few weeks later back to normal when the gravy dries up.Certainly think that people should not be tipping out from clubs at daybreak, but by 2am you should have had your fill by then.Maybe a comprimise in Thailand will keep all happy ?

petermach | 02 February 2017 - 18:05:12

the best rule in the past was bar have to close at 1 and discotec at 3 this was a very good rule for many reasons .The most important being to limit revenues got by bar owners (pimps) taking advantage from the ladies through bar fines and ladies drink This should  be baned and punished. 

Thales | 02 February 2017 - 16:20:22

WTF, this is ridiculous, if the Thai goverment insist to keep this stupid law everyone else will end up going to Bali, where the party never end. Ridiculous. 

James bond | 01 February 2017 - 23:37:35

The joke of the year it's already more than 20 year open until the morning  and all the big officers are payed of monthly every body knows that and until now no one in force it only for few days a year for the big fake show

Belzybob | 01 February 2017 - 20:37:54

Great news. Soon we will get back to real tourism, touring temples and taking elephant rides. Goodbye nasty entertainment places that tourists come to see. More fun in taking coach rides with incompetent drivers.

Betty Wongs a-go-go | 01 February 2017 - 20:06:57

If Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan is really serious about actually enforcing the law this time around then a lot of folk are going to be really out of pocket here.

The Police will have to find a new cash cow to milk without the lucrative under the table payments from the Patong nightlife industry for staying open until 4 or 5 in the morning.

Kurt | 01 February 2017 - 19:32:10

Well, now what was that for just 1 night?
'Ordering' or asking 'co-operation'?

--- No minors under 20 years. How many nights?
--- No prostitution? How many nights? Is there prostitution on Phuket?
--- Closing time enforced? How many nights?
--- No drugs and weapons? Phuket island is sinking under both.

--- Well, this are just 'orders'. Don't worry, we will be ...

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