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Nightlife until 4 am as poll shows plans to move foreign tourism upmarket a ‘recipe for disaster’


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3 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

Call me a cynic but in the midst of all the hype about taking Thai tourism upmarket, but is this really to be found by promoting Chinese, Indian, Pakistani and Russian markets and cheap flight deals from those places on Thai Airways? Looking in Pattaya a few more functional pavements might be needed!

Yes they could do a lot in that department in pattaya.

But the Chinese are not to fussed about where they spit and defecate

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Like I have said many times - Thai clubs in Pattaya have been open until 4am and beyond since April, clubs on walking street are already open until 4am 

 

such a huge drama when it is already happening  

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8 minutes ago, Andrew65 said:

Was it around 15 years ago that they were gonna turn Koh Chang into an upmarket destination?

I haven't been for some years but there are certainly a lot of very up market resort places there. They suffered during covid and could be had for Pattaya prices!

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They do everything to prevent alcohol abuse.. no advertisements, no alcohol selling at daytime except 11.00-14.00 and after 17.00, but in the menatime the entertainment industry must have opening hours till 4 am... Why??? If you are so against alcohol abuse close the entertainment venues at 2 am. That is more than enough.. Do they really think that tourists come to Thailand because the bars are open till 4???   

The night is not for the best, remember

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There's something endearing about this whole chain of events. First, when the pandemic struck and all the tourist activities shut down, foreign tourism wasn't really that important to the Thai economy. Now it seems it's the only game in town, so to speak. And the ludicrous idea of charging more for the same product is rightly being ridiculed. And suddenly there's a stark, realistic tone in what the ministry of tourism is saying. Foreign tourism is driven by the nightlife and the entertainment industry. A large part of that industry is intimately connected with the sex industry, or any of its closely associated gray areas. One way to tap that income source would be to extend the opening hours. Another obvious action by a ministry would be to make sure the resources are available to keep the industry going. So they should run campaigns in the villages and smaller towns of Thailand, encouraging teenage girls to get pregnant. They could employ young Thai men, supply them with fancy cars and send them out to impregnate as many small town teenagers as possible. The government could even set up schools to make sure that the staff is reasonably trained before they travel to entertainment hotspots such as Phuket, Bangkok, Koh Samui and the EEC including Pattaya. Honesty and transparency is the way forward😊

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5 hours ago, ukrules said:

In a way I want them to fail in every way it's possible to fail, maybe that will teach the electorate.

Yes, it will! It will also end up with more restrictions on your happy life in Thailand. You still want them to fail in every way possible?

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In places like Pattaya and Bangkok, where there's more than one "entertainment zone" it makes sense to extend the opening hours during the night, when the temperature is more suited to walk around and try out different establishments. And young men, with more energy, can get more than one ST deal done per night. I'm sure it will raise the GDP.

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2am seems more than reasonable to me, a balance between common sense and responsible governing should prevail. Let the industry workers go home and sleep for at least some of the night when we are supposed to be sleeping!! Who really needs to drink all night, those are probably the tourist sector that we can do without. 

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