Bangkok & Pattaya Bar Closures


pattaya walking street 2 - Bangkok & Pattaya Bar Closures


The Thai Prime Minister has made a flip-flop on his statement that the entertainment venues will not have to close. This is in order to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading further. 

Just two days later he has now stated that all bars and nightclubs in Bangkok and Pattaya, will have to close from March 18th until March 31st. 

Stickman recently said about the Thai government that left hand does not know what the right hand is doing and this just proves the point.  


Nana Plaza BKK Nites - Bangkok & Pattaya Bar Closures


No doubt this is a devastating blow for entertainment venues in Bangkok and Pattaya. It means multitudes of employees, including the barmy army of bargirls, will most probably be laid off with unpaid leave. 

One way around this is entertainment establishments that have restaurant licenses. For example, pubs with restaurant licenses can continue to do trade, which makes a mockery of the whole concept. 

There are two questions that remain in my mind. Will this soon include restaurants, public transportation systems and shopping malls? Also, what about the rest of Thailand? 


Pattaya to close all entertainment venues, such as bars, nightclubs and massage shops until the end of the month – The Pattaya News

Breaking: We can confirm that the Provincial Government of Banglamung and Chonburi have ordered, effective tomorrow, March 18th, 2020, that all entertainment venues must close until March 31st, 2020. The Pattaya News spoke with the Banglamung Police Chief over the phone this evening and confirmed the information.


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One Response to “Bangkok & Pattaya Bar Closures”

  1. Simon Ranby says:

    The world is in a bad space at the moment. Borders are closing and people are going in to lock down and in many countries forced to stay in their homes. 14 days? I dont think we will all be enjoying a drink on Soi Nana again for many months. Ill come back to Bangkok & Pattaya in autumn. Thats 6 months away. So sad.

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