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Phuket Poll: Does Patong need later closing times for bars and nightclubs?

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan this week is to submit a formal request to extend the closing time for bars and nightclubs on Bangla Rd, Patong, to 4am.

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Monday 13 February 2017, 12:08AM


Should nightlife venues Bangla Rd in Patong be allowed to stay open later than the current legal hours of midnight or 1am? Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot
Should nightlife venues Bangla Rd in Patong be allowed to stay open later than the current legal hours of midnight or 1am? Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The move follows the crackdown two weeks ago 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.

Just two days later, more than 20 Patong nightlife venue operators filed a petition addressed to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to extend the closing times for bars and clubs in Patong (see story here), and now the Governor is to make that request official with the support from the Phuket Provincial Office (see story here).

To this The Phuket News asks readers, “Should Patong night venues stay open later?”

Responses available are:

C and C Marine
  • Yes – but only in the entertainment zone
  • Yes – and entertainment zones should be set up in other popular tourist areas
  • No – the current closing times are good enough
  • Don’t care – the closing times for bars and nightclubs do not affect my activities/holiday in Patong

To vote in the poll, click here.

The poll will close at midnight on Feb 26.

If your preferred response is not available, feel free to express your opinion in the comments section below.

To see the results of our previous poll, which asked, “Do you support Gov Chockchai’s plan to clear Phuket’s beaches of all vendors?” click here.

If you have a suggestion for a poll, email execeditor@classactmedia.co.th with “Poll suggestion” in the Subject line.

 

 

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Rorii | 15 February 2017 - 18:14:46

Jor12, thanks for the BIGGEST laugh I have had, this year, now we know you live in Alice's Wonderland, as the Mad hatter, however, there is some truth in part of your comment "but liars can figure" and I'll publicly state, there are some officials that are liars, or radically bend the truth. 

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Jor12 | 14 February 2017 - 19:17:37

Rorii...as usual I don't know what you are on about. Figures don't lie, but liars can figure. In other words, PN "commentators" can say what they like (and do) - the figures are out there.

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Kurt | 14 February 2017 - 16:01:20

I agree with Rorii.
The whole thing is, Phuket is tourist wise just CHEAP.
Phuket airport? A mess.
Public transport? Bad, expensive and dangerous. ( in hands mafia)
Beaches? Dirty, anyone, hotels, guesthouse, laundries, restaurants, allowed to release the most dirty things to flow at the beaches you can imagine.  Thai 'officials' call it 'bloom'.
Great invention, we sell you 'bloom'. Bloom for quality tourists.
Your dermatologist you visit with your skin problems at home after your holiday call it different.
Hotel accommodation/guesthouses? Many on Phuket are illegal ( according Phuket government)and don't answer safety standards.

And now? To who is Phuket Governor submitting a formal request for 'extending' opening times bars?
Opening times already exist illegal decades with protection of corrupt Phuket officials.

Hehehe, a change, adjustment of the law and make thai Phuket official to loose protection money ( illegal opening hours bars?)
First see, than believe.

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Rorii | 14 February 2017 - 13:45:35

Eagle, who is Yvonne? More importantly, I just can't understand what is happening, I find, for the second time, agreeing with you.
I've always said, the only reason tourist come, especially to Patong, is cheap shopping (though that is doubtful), cheap drinks (well, that is not now the case) and cheap girls.. yes I know some will say the beaches, but they are NOT high quality beaches, compared with Australia, US, Philippines, to name a few.

Phuket is killing itself off, no wonder Jor/Joe12, and swerv try so hard to "protect" Phuket's image, already tourists are letting their "feet" do the talking, check the streets, see if the numbers come anywhere near those expressed by TAT, ask any store/massage/bar/ etc owner. Only getting the "cheap" masses from Russia and China, this is the "bed" Phuket has made for itself, with the full backing of Bangkok.

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Kurt | 14 February 2017 - 13:38:38

If thai authorities in their wisdom decide that bar opening times on Phuket island should be by law time wise reset, ok.
But than change the law accordingly. Make it official!
Now it is a illegal happening since....?
Bar owners complained long time already that they can be open till very 'early' morning hours, but they have to pay corrupt officials for that until now.
So, change the law, and hook out a part of Phuket officials corruption.

But if thai authorities 'favor' Bangla Area only, that is not good.
Bars a few hundred meters away will complain, actually all bars on the rest of Phuket.
Authorities can not justify that. 

All bars have families to feed!

Same corruption problem Phuket has at Chalong Patak road.
Bars, at 500 meters from Chalong Police station are illegal open whole night.

Do not tackle only Bangla road bar opening times, handle it same time for the whole of Phuket.

Don't forget: .. They all have families to feed!....

Opening times?..Same-Same, NOT different.  :-)    By Law!

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Andy | 13 February 2017 - 19:12:39

Good comment from Simon. I would add:
Firstly there is no reason that night clubs should be open later than bars.1am is ok for both.

Those that want to be out until 4am should simply go out 3 hours earlier or adjust their watches forward 3 hours. The people that work here also deserve a more normally timed life.
Secondly, If any special status is to be granted then I agree with Simon that 2am is late enough but again bars and clubs should be the same. If I would like another beer late at night why should I have to pay to enter some dingy club and put up with that awful deafening noise allegedly described as music selected/mixed by some poser wearing headphones who thinks he is God's gift to DJs but is in fact just a night time beach bum. And then have to pay double the price for the beer. 

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Beach Mafia | 13 February 2017 - 19:10:50

If Phuket wants to stay competitive with other holiday destinations like Bali, it needs to offer a good experience and range of nightlife. Closing early when farung tend to go out very late creates a bad experience.

There are bars and nightclubs open all night in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali and other Asian destinations.

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Asterix | 13 February 2017 - 12:35:26

The tourism market is changing and the new arrivals of bunch of touristes are Russian and Chinese touristes coming with their girlfriends or wifes and do not need Thai ladies for 69 and other fun rides; perhaps some pictures done at Bangla Road to show them to their friends back home.

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BenPendejo | 13 February 2017 - 12:05:30

I agree with Simon.  Stop selling alcohol at 1:00 AM...bars closed at 2:00...always.  4:00 AM is ridiculous.

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simon01 | 13 February 2017 - 10:46:31

The best answer is not on here. That is let the bars stay open till 2am as normal BUT stop interfering and closing all the bars at 11pm, 12am, 1am at random. If the bars are allowed till 2am thats more than late enough BUT then t must be that way everyday so everyone knows whats going on. What happens is just the same as everything else in phuket. No one knows whats going on with anything. Look at the beaches. Not a clue. No virgin beaches, jet ski all over all beaches, vendors all over all beaches. The bars are the same. There are different rules depending on what idiot is in charge for that week. If the bar owners do not know whats happening then what chance have the tourists got.

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