Bangkok After Hours - eBook

Bangkok After Hours - eBook
One Man's Wild Erotic Adventures in the Red Light Districts of Bangkok, Pattaya & Asia After Hours.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Will Bangkok Alcohol Ban Close Soi Cowboy Bars?



As written and enacted under the military government’s special “Section 44” powers, the ban is for all alcohol sales – shopping malls, pubs, restaurants and everything – within 300 meters of schools. The only exemptions are for registered hotels and government-designated entertainment zones such as Patpong, Royal City Avenue-upper Thonglor, and that stretch of big box clubs on Ratchadapisek Road. The alcohol ban is due to take effect next Monday July 27th!
There’s not much left to interpretation in the new law enacted under Section 44.
That would shut out the barflies hanging out on Soi Cowboy, which sits within 300 meters of part of the Srinakharinwirot University campus. It would also force many popular malls to go dry. Siam Paragon is just across the street from Chulalongkorn University. Even the newly opened EmQuartier is within 300 meters of the Ivy Bound International School.
And sorry, backpackers and weekend warriors, but your Khaosan Road would go dark because it sits between Wat Chana Songkhram and Satri Witthaya schools.
Will any of this actually happen? Again, difficult to imagine. But that’s what the law says.
Several bars and restaurants contacted said they had no idea about the ban.
The trade association representing alcohol sellers is, unsurprisingly, opposed to the measure and has made vocal arguments about the law’s ineffectiveness and outsized impact.

“Imagine foreigners go into expensive restaurants but cannot order wine,” Thanakorn Kuptajit, president of the Thai Alcoholic Beverage Business Association told Coconuts. “Places like Hard Rock cafe in Siam or even Soi Cowboy will be affected.”

Commentary: What the hell?

 - Bangkok After Hours

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