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    What`s with all the bar`s being closed at 01.00?

    I just got back after three weeks in CM over Songkran. I know it`s not for most, but I had a great time.

    The Saturday after Songkran, I was at the Moonlight Bar (Sang Jan), out near the night safari, with some Thai friends. Had many a great night there. They usually have live

    music. You don`t see too many farangs there. We left the bar about 12.30 intending on heading back to CM for a last drink. Wtf! Everything was closed at 01.00.

    Even Lucky bar was closed. My Thai friend`s had to apologize, that they did not know anywhere open after 01.00.

    Wtf is going on? I know I have not been back to CM for two years, but thing`s seem to have changed a lot?

    Last year, I was down in Ranong/Koh Phayam....no problems getting a late drink there.

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    ^ It gets even worse pal.

    Was there just before Songkan, and the bars/restaurants weren't serving booze between the hours of 2:00-5:00pm.

    A few of the places were advertising the no booze hours on laminated A4 paper in the frontage of their establishments.

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    No country for old alcoholics, Vishaka day 29th booze ban looms

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    The "official" closing time for bars is now 1am in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon View Post
    Was there just before Songkan, and the bars/restaurants weren't serving booze between the hours of 2:00-5:00pm.
    Think it depends on what licence they have. Bars that serve food continue to serve booze over this period, but restaurants that otherwise serve booze do not.

    It is indeed a pita.

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    There was a change in the police ranks, and new "arrangements" had to be made.

    Lucky didn't close early for long.

    The general consensus is that Chiang Mai is being punished for its support for a certain colour shirt.....

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    ^^ It was quite a bit random about who was serving, and who wasn't. Finally found somewhere that used the famous beer in coffee cup trick.

    A chap at ti hotel was having a right moan about it.

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    IME this isn't limited to CM though.

    Try getting a drink in Siam Sq. over those times, and indeed in some restaurants that used to serve beer at any time.

    See Fah, for example. Presumably this is a case of the bloody ridiculous uni law.

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    I was out til 7am on the Saturday morn of Songkran up there.

    Dont ask me where

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Dont ask me where
    I was told (by a lawyer friend) your bill awaits you at "Ladyboys of the North Revue Bar" and they hope you'll return for a repeat "performance'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I was out til 7am on the Saturday morn of Songkran up there.

    Dont ask me where
    Agreed, it doesn't take much to ferret out a lock in in that place.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    The "official" closing time for bars is now 1am in Thailand.
    Yes, it is - but often ignored and lesser observed and enforced outside of BKK, CM, and the expected Farang ghettos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    There was a change in the police ranks, and new "arrangements" had to be made.

    Lucky didn't close early for long.

    The general consensus is that Chiang Mai is being punished for its support for a certain colour shirt.....
    I'm sure t-fee changes will reflect earlier closing hours, less profit to share out, etc.

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    Closing time around here (Mabprachan, east of Pattaya) is midnight. Thai licensing laws are about as enlightened as Thai drinking habits.

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    ^ ive also drank near that lake until dusk

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    Me too actually, more than once. But I were younger then. Last I knew, it's still 2359 closing- but the BiB don't bother you if you turn the music off, or way down and keep it quiet. They'll also warn you of pending crackdowns. Of course a bit of gratitude to the policemens benevolent fund is appreciated. Most people aren't bothered by it that I know- can always head a few km towards town if you wanna late one.
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    Not only that , all the mom& pop shops selling beer all night long are getting closed down , there is just one or two left , and there did used to be many of them

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    It was quite easy to get a lock in after midnight when me & the mrs were there a few weeks ago.
    It only happened in the bars where you were known though.

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    Was in Pak Thong Chai last month in a bar at 3 am watching the football,place was packed the cops even stopped in to check the score.

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    You can always try asking a motosai guy to buy you some. If you're in the area of a lot of bars kicking out, you'll find one easily.

    Not gone more than 10mins in Lat Phrao. Fuck knows where they go.

    Victory Monument at 2am the guy went down some dark soi and returned 15mins later.
    In Nakhon Phanom at 2.30am the hotel security guy borrowed my girls bike and brought the booze to the room 20mins later.

    Obviously a decent tip is in order, and a beer.

    After all, they gotta buy for themselves anyway.

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