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    Bangkok nightlife closing times extended to 4 a.m.

    Police call for longer opening hours gets mixed reviews

    Published: 16 Apr 2013 at 00.00Newspaper section: News

    A police proposal to extend nightlife closing times by two hours to 4am is getting a mixed reaction.

    The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has proposed the extension as part of preparations for the Asean Economic Community (AEC) launch in 2015.

    MPB deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak said last week the bureau is preparing to submit the proposal to the Interior Ministry.

    The proposal seeks to amend the law controlling entertainment venues so bar and nightclub closing times can be extended.

    The Bangkok Post talked to several people who would be affected by extended closing times _ bar operators, a student and an activist.

    Chaiyot Yimsamai, the owner of a bar in Din Daeng district, said he agreed with the proposal because he stands to profit from it.

    He said the new rule, if approved, could be a boon for his business because more tourists and foreigners will visit Thailand, and especially Bangkok, after the AEC's launch, and many of them would like to enjoy the city's nightlife.

    "If I can open my bar until 4am, I can make more money to feed my family and employees," he said.

    But another bar operator said he did not expect a later closing time to make much difference to his bottom line, and in fact would probably not stay open any later anyway.

    Nonthadetch Booranasitthiporn, who runs a bar in Phaya Thai district, predicted few customers after 2am. Most of them visit his bar from 10pm and are happy to go home at 2am, he said.

    Mr Nonthadetch added that even if the extended opening hours were approved, he would probably still close as normal at 2am to give his staff more time to clean the venue.

    Another bar owner, Aphirak Beaupracha, who owns a nightlife venue in Watthana district, said he could see good points and bad about the proposal.

    "I may make more money, but my employees would have to work harder and I may lose staff as a result," he said.

    He said many customers are fans of European football and they often ask him to stay open during matches which are broadcast about 2-3am Thai time.

    "From a business point of view, I can't deny that a change in the closing time would be agreeable," he said.

    Surasit Sinlapa-ngam, director of the Don't Drive Drunk Foundation, however, disagrees with the proposal.

    He said it was inappropriate to cite the AEC's launch in proposing the new closing times.

    Bars and nightclubs should close at reasonable times to help reduce road accidents and crimes, Mr Surasit said.

    "There are many other ways to welcome foreigners and tourists after the launch of the AEC," he said.

    He suggested improving Thailand's tourist attractions and promoting Thai culture would be a more responsible approach.

    "Attracting foreigners and tourists with late-night bars and nightclubs is not a good idea," he said.

    University student Aitsaya Harakarn, 18, said later closing times could help cut crime.

    "Changing the closing time to 4am could reduce crime, particularly rape and robbery, because it will be morning by the time would-be burglars and rapists leave the bars," she said.

    She believed they would be less likely to commit crimes after 4am because it is the start of a new day and some early-risers would already be up and about.

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    First off Thailand and specifically Bangkok needed to decide what its future role in life is? centre of commerce or a party town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    First off Thailand and specifically Bangkok needed to decide what its future role in life is? centre of commerce or a party town.
    I really don't think those two are mutually exclusive. Singapore is definately a "commerse" city, but even they (if memory serves me correctly) allow 24 hour licencing of some establishements.

    Bangkok will never stop being a major tourist attraction, and they need to service that properly.

    I suppose much of the point is that Thailnd stops needing to treat everyone (and particularly tourists) like children. They could allow the option of extended opening hours. Sheer economics dictates that not every establishment is going to stay open til 4am, but SOME will, and they will do very well out of it.

    If expats who work here are so ill discplined that they screw up their jobs by drinking all night - well, they deserve it.

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    I am a potential burglar and rapist.

    I feel staying in the bars until 4 AM would decrease my options.



    Quote Originally Posted by Article
    "Changing the closing time to 4am could reduce crime, particularly rape and robbery, because it will be morning by the time would-be burglars and rapists leave the bars," she said.

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    I dare say all of the police owned operations would benefit substantially from 4 extra hours trading then?

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    ^ well they will have to restrict trading hours, how otherwise are the cops going to florish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008
    promoting Thai culture would be a more responsible approach
    Promoting eating & sleeping would definitely have some allies.

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    Declaring closing time laws for bars or any business are nothing more than nanny state tactics to save us from ourselves. Hours of operation should be determined solely by the owner. No customers, close. Lot's of customers stay open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Declaring closing time laws for bars or any business are nothing more than nanny state tactics to save us from ourselves. Hours of operation should be determined solely by the owner. No customers, close. Lot's of customers stay open.
    Apply the crazy concept called "zoning" and you don't really have to worry about hours so much. Then again, on the odd occasion when I am out all night I will miss the 3 am Sukhumvit carnival freak show, which may or may not be a goner once the bars are able to stay open the way the discos and restaurants already are. . .
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    ^
    Do that crowd still congregate around the Soi 12 Seven-eleven? I could never figure out what they were doing there, apart from being ill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge View Post
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    Do that crowd still congregate around the Soi 12 Seven-eleven? I could never figure out what they were doing there, apart from being ill.
    Don't know, last time I was there was around soi 9 talking about central and southern Africa with a surprisingly intelligent young woman from Zambia.

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    This thread got me to thinking about the UK boozers and what a great place they used to be on a Sunday until they introduced all day drinking, then people started coming in at all different times of the day and effectively killed the atmosphere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    I am a potential burglar and rapist.

    I feel staying in the bars until 4 AM would decrease my options.



    Quote Originally Posted by Article
    "Changing the closing time to 4am could reduce crime, particularly rape and robbery, because it will be morning by the time would-be burglars and rapists leave the bars," she said.

    yeah rapists are too tired to rape at 4am
    whats stopping them leaving the bar at 3am to rape someone who has left the clubs early? nothing oops

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