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Tourism minister determined to get 4 am nightlife so Thailand "won't be left behind" - it's all about money


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all night life venues, casino are related to police. If not owners, they have share in profits.

So they will be pushing for it and it's clear from this article they will approve. They are tumbing up their own particular agenda, as seen on picture above. On that picture is one tourist. No picture of the other tourists, or local residents. I am not sure many tourists would want to stay in a noisy hotel, not able to sleep.

Khaosan became already thai dominated entertainment. And they still be a large part eve at high season.

That wasn't "fact finding mission" but PR promotion. They have already said they want 8 areas in thailand with this "pilot scheme", pretty much covering all tourist places.

Pipat said elsewhere they want it to start from 1st September, but that's well ahead of high season, which starts in November.

Thailand was spared the BA.5 wave, as so  far.. Europe is tightening up it's regulations against BA.5 and BA.6 wave combined with seasonal flu - expected to spread in the Autumn.  

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2 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

Although 'make it just like Las Vegas' does not sound too attractive to me......

Yet to the Thai's who go to Cambodia they would flock to an area like that on the coast either in Chonburi, or in Prachuap Kiri Khan.  The seafood buffets which can be imported from Myanmar on the southern border pass at Singkhon would be a win win.....The Chinese would come in droves....

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7 minutes ago, ThailandRyan said:

Yet to the Thai's who go to Cambodia they would flock to an area like that on the coast either in Chonburi, or in Prachuap Kiri Khan.  The seafood buffets which can be imported from Myanmar on the southern border pass at Singkhon would be a win win.....The Chinese would come in droves....

Isolated enclaves in Cambodia, and probably that would be what we get here. I had a good night out in Pattaya recently, and adding up the damage to the wallet was a bit of a shock... but we don't need Vegas numbers! I think gambling is moronic!

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9 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

Isolated enclaves in Cambodia, and probably that would be what we get here. I had a good night out in Pattaya recently, and adding up the damage to the wallet was a bit of a shock... but we don't need Vegas numbers! I think gambling is moronic!

I agree with your view on Gambling, but Thailand see's it differently, albeit more loan sharks will be taking homes and land in the end.

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2 minutes ago, ThailandRyan said:

It will unfortunately be like 2010, and 2014, all over again.  I am sure the major areas in BKK will see the sand bagged checkpoints set-up and the State of Emergency kept in place to deter political unrest and return happiness to the people.

Well you may have a point although I fear this time it will not just be BKK nor will it be the same numbers of people involved. In 2010 it was the "Red shirts" whose numbers were only into thousands. Since then, due to the ultra corrupt policies of a junta leader/PM, he has successfully brought almost destitution to around 70% of the population. Poverty has grown significantly as statistics show.  So tell me exactly what has around 70% of the population now got to lose further by demonstrating and taking action for major change, when this utter corruption has already deprived so many of a meaningful lifestyle ?

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56 minutes ago, ThailandRyan said:

Yet to the Thai's who go to Cambodia they would flock to an area like that on the coast either in Chonburi, or in Prachuap Kiri Khan.  The seafood buffets which can be imported from Myanmar on the southern border pass at Singkhon would be a win win.....The Chinese would come in droves....

And so would the problems that such venues attract

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Thailand is in serious denial if they think they will ever go back to the way it was..

Geopolitically in 5-10 years the tourists will be coming from Japan, India IMO. China will flood over if they ever open up. But then go into a steep decline over the next few years.

I was just in MBK for the day. And it is definitely picking up. Chinese?  Not any I could confirm. All I saw were a few europeans and middle eastern. 

In the next few years you are going to see a huge shift in countries that can afford to travel.. The US, Japan, India.  

Kinda curious where Thailand will come out in the pecking order.

 

As for expats, the only old ones staying and retiring will decline fast. 

Just my opinion, so take with a grain of salt.  

 

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1 minute ago, Cake Monster said:

Open those Bars until 4 Am, and get the Death Rate on the Roads soaring.

sounds like your Leo glass is half empty 🤣

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At the end of the day, likely this stunt had nothing to do with issues being faced.

Just a photo opportunity (but with masks???) Sheesh.🙃🙃

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1 hour ago, 2long said:

How can they seriously talk about this, while wearing masks?! 🙄😏

For many many months these businesses were closed due to Covid, then oly allowed to open until 9pm, and then 11pm because of COVID... so how can they discuss opening until 4am but still wear masks?

Were they wrong last year, that Covid isn't out to get people after dark, or after booze?

Or are they wrong now to wear masks, because Covid is no longer dangerous?

Muppets, them lot of 'em. 🤐🤨

No one is saying Covid isn't still around and still poses a problem for some but the economic pitfalls of keeping bars closed and the likes is just too much to ignore.

If you are double vaxed and boostered up then you should feel relatively safe (and if you're not then that's your look-out) and there's always the option of just not going to these places. Thailand needs to start treating people like adults again and giving people a choice. Just like so many other countries have been doing for many, many months.  

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1 hour ago, Photoguy21 said:

And so would the problems that such venues attract

But do you think the Government has thought of that, much like the cannabis rollout debacle they are now having to repair after the fact.....

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32 minutes ago, ThailandRyan said:

But do you think the Government has thought of that, much like the cannabis rollout debacle they are now having to repair after the fact.....

You would think they would but we know they wont

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he is at least recognizing and saying that given the current state of covid, aspects other than just health concerns have to be considered moving forward.

 

the medical people dont factor the effects their decrees have on the overall economy, or other bad outcomes associated with their plans when designing them.

 

covid was never the existential threat to humanity that is was described as. 

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2 hours ago, 2long said:

I agree with you. But why do they all wear masks, if it's safer now or if they want to make Thailand look normal?

 

If I was a western tourist looking to come to Thailand, and maybe keeping an en eye on the news, as well as ever-rising flight prices, then I would think twice about coming to a tropical country wear so many people still wear masks, even if it's not mandatory.

Since mask wearing is no longer compulsory, those that still choose to do so are excercising their individual right to choose to wear a mask. I see no issue in that. Some people are all ok without a mask, others (mostly the older generation) are still very wary and will continue to wear masks probably for a long time to come. I don't think the optics for this are a concern. Most people understand Covid now (we've lived with it for long enough) and I doubt it will put people off if they still see a lot of mask wearing going on. As long as it's not compulsory, tourists will be ok.   

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Public consent required for pilot 4am extension of Khao San pub hours

 

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Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose its pilot project, to allow pubs and bars in Bangkok’s Khao San area to operate until 4am, instead of 2am, to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), but it will have to get consent from the people living in the neighbourhood as well, said Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn last night.

 

Accompanied by tourist police and officials from Phra Nakhon district, the minister toured the Khao San Road and held informal talks with several night spot operators about the extension of operating hours.

 

He said that this pilot project has to receive the consent of most people in the Khao San neighbourhood, without which it cannot proceed, adding, however, that people in the neighbourhood will stand to benefit from extra income if they agree to the project.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/public-consent-required-for-pilot-4am-extension-of-khao-san-pub-hours/

 

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Well, this and the smell of people smoking weed, will certainly grant the govt's wish of attracting 'high end quality tourists.' 🤪🙄

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