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    The end of Loi Kroh?

    Lots of chat on other forums about Dear Leaders abolition of selling beer within 300m of an educational establishment.

    Apparently there is a college right near Loi Kroh, and several people who own bars, etc., are reporting that they have had visits from the authorities telling them that they can not sell alcohol after (<insert date here>).

    This includes restaurants.

    So is it the end of the Loi Kroh girlie bars? Chez Marco? The Garden Restaurant?

    I don't know if there's anything near the boxing ring, so maybe we'll see a sudden influx of new landlords and landladies there (not to mention ladies of the night)?

    Meranwhile, if you are looking for a cheap bar....

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    It's like deja vu.

    Locals have been trying to get those girly bars to relocate out of the city to the ring roads for years.

    Would be surprised it if all those watering holes actually close.

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    What a shame if they were shut down. These neighborhoods need a cultural infusion of pretty women.

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    Loi Kroh is like some weird elephant death ground, where old bar girls go to die.

    I don't think there's a single bar in Chiang Mai city not 300m from a school.

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    Well it sounds like the North side has yet to receive letters, but the South side is not so lucky....

    And I know one bird who turned down a tidy sum for her bar a few months back because she thought she could get more.

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    Bar Owners Ask Authorities to Extend Closing Hours to 2am



    On December 1, ten representatives and entrepreneurs from bars and restaurants in Chiang Mai, led by Apinya Wairatpani, submitted documents to Chiang Mai Governor asking for closing hours to be pushed back to 2am like the rest of the country.

    The group submitted the letter to the authorities and also forwateded another copy to General Prayuth Chan-ocha via Chiang Mai Damrongtham Centre, asking to extend bar and restaurant closing hours to 2am, just like other tourist cities across the country.

    They submitted the request so their businesses could have a chance at competing with other tourist destinations. All the owners who submitted their documents had also made it clear that they had no record of law breaking and underage patrons.

    Most of the bars owned by those who signed the letter are in the Loy Kroh and Thapae area.

    “Chiang Mai is a tourist city. Most income is from tourism. Police and military have inspected our bars almost every day, affecting foreign tourists, who are our important customers. They are tourists. When they come to Chiang Mai, they want to enjoy it as much as they can. When it was midnight, police and military came and told us to close our bars. They told our customers to leave. Sometimes they even speak in English to our customers, saying “Get Out”. We think it is too rude to foreign tourists. We would like officials involved to think about the words they use with foreign tourists too. If they are too rude, it will cause long-term effects,” said Apinya Wairatpanit.

    She continued, “Most importantly, they [police and military] specifically inspected our beer bars. It was clear that some karaoke bars turned off the lights in front of their bars, but they still provided services inside. Yet officials didn’t go in and inspect, but only choose to inspect our bars which we feel is unfair. This has affected us a great deal. During poor economic conditions like this, our businesses are doing worse. We asked government institutes to understand us.”

    Speaking outside of City Hall, Apinta said “we just asked them to expand closing time for 1 – 2 hours, which will be good for our businesses during poor economic conditions with a small amount of tourists.”

    Chiang Mai CityNews - Bar Owners Ask Authorities to Extend Closing Hours to 2am

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    There's a 7/11 near the local uni here. They stopped selling for a few months and are now selling again. Same with the local market.

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