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Alcohol ban for end of Buddhist Lent

Alcohol ban for end of Buddhist Lent

PHUKET: Police have confirmed that the sale of alcohol will be banned for the 24 hours of this Friday (Oct 2) as the nation commemorates “Wan Org Pansa”, marking the end of Buddhist Lent.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 05:38PM

The sale of alcohol will be banned for the 24 hours (from midnight to midnight) this Friday (Oct 2). Image: The Phuket News / file

The sale of alcohol will be banned for the 24 hours (from midnight to midnight) this Friday (Oct 2). Image: The Phuket News / file

Phuket’s new Provincial Police Deputy Commander* Maj Gen Witoon Kongsudjai confirmed this afternoon (Sept 30) that the alcohol ban will come into effect just after midnight tomorrow night (00:01am Friday, Oct 2) and conclude at midnight Friday night (11:59pm, Oct 2).

Phuket City Police Chief Col Theerawat Liamsuwan likewise confirmed to The Phuket News that the ban will be enforced in the Phuket Town area for the 24 hours of this Friday, as did Patong Police Station.

The alcohol ban for Wan Org Pansa was instituted by law under an announcement by the Prime Minister’s Office on January 22, 2015.

Under the order, the sale of alcohol is prohibited on five specific religious days: Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha, Asarnha Bucha Day, Khao Pansa and Wan Org Pansa.


Anyone caught breaking the ban faces a prison sentence of up to six months, a B10,000 fine or both.

Col Witoon urged people to be respectful on the day.

* Not Commander, as originally reported. The error is regretted.

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Kurt | 03 October 2020 - 01:33:19

The 5 religious Buddhist days exist centuries(?).  The alcohol ban just since January 2015, installed by NCPO.  I can't see the link. The ban was just another blow for the now suffering entertainment ( bars/restaurants) industry.

HubertK | 02 October 2020 - 14:43:59

" you have to oil brain"  Jeez,what a childish reaction on a pointful comment. As childish as the constant repeating comments whenever there is a Buddhist holiday.

Kurt | 02 October 2020 - 10:07:19

@Fasc,  well, if no sales in bars/restaurants, than no consumption, right?  That is why many bars are closed.

Fascinated | 01 October 2020 - 19:12:37

Sorry Jor12- should have said 'K doesn't get it. We used to be able to edit comment on here.

Fascinated | 01 October 2020 - 19:00:53

J-r12 doesn't get that this is a religious event and happens every year.  There is no ban on the consumption of alcohol tomorrow just the SALE of alcohol. He knows that of course but just continues to spout rubbish.. 

Kurt | 01 October 2020 - 18:37:59

I am sorry, Jor12, you have to oil brain and than think a bit. No use to explain more if you not understand.

Jor12 | 01 October 2020 - 17:04:22

k... you are going to have someone provide a translation as I don't have a clue what on earth you are saying.

Kurt | 01 October 2020 - 12:32:16

Ah, another 'whipping day' coming to let people feel/experience who are the boss and in control of the 'reformed' country in this matter since January 22, 2015. Good day for Pop & mom shops, and for RTP of course ( in order to stare away from these small shops,  tea pots in bars and restaurants).  I love the relationship between Country and Tea.


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