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After 50 Years, Thailand’s Afternoon Booze Ban to End July 1

The head-scratching ban on alcohol sales from 2-5 p.m. will end July 1 – but only in hotels and as-yet-undefined “tourist spots”. Tourism and Sports...

Sun Legal Update: Do You Qualify for PDPA Exemptions?

New draft laws supporting the Personal Data Protection Act, which went into effect June 1, have been published and include regulations covering rules and...

Craft Beer Brewing in Thailand Takes Historic 1st Step Toward Legalization

Bill to liberalize liquor industry, break up Big 3 oligopoly passes 1st reading

All of Thailand Can Drink Legally Until Midnight Starting May 1

In addition to doing away with the Test & Go tourist-entry scheme, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday ended coronavirus-control “orange” zones,...

Bangkok Bans Alcohol at Songkran Events

Thailand’s war on alcohol continued Tuesday with Bangkok outlawing drinking at venues hosting Songkran festive events and requiring prior permission for group gatherings during...

Excise Dept. Denies Plan to Raise Booze Taxes

The Excise Department said it has no plans to increase taxes on alcoholic beverages and energy drinks. Department spokesman Nutthakorn Utensute also dismissed reports that...

Thailand Eases Tourist-Entry Requirements, Imposes No Lockdown Measures Despite 38,000+ New Covid-19 Cases

. 2nd RT-PCR test, hotel night dropped; insurance minimum lowered to $20K, Issan bans alcohol

Thailand ‘Test & Go’ a ‘Go” for Feb. 1; 11 P.M. Booze Returns Jan....

Thailand’s “Test & Go” tourist-entry scheme will resume Feb. 1 and restaurants can again serve alcohol until 11 p.m. as the country’s health officials...

Pattaya, Chiang Mai ‘Sandbox’, 9 p.m. Booze Cuttoff Up for CCSA Debate Thursday

Pattaya and Chiang Mai may again become tourist “sandboxes” Thursday when the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration considers relaxing coronavirus restrictions. In addition to restarting...

Restaurant Alcohol Ban in 69 Provinces Starts Sunday

While people in Thailand’s biggest cities breathed a sigh of relief that the alcohol wasn’t banned in restaurants again Friday, spare a thought for...

Alcohol Ban Averted; CCSA Limits Sales to 9 p.m.

. Test & Go cutoff date nixed; 5 'Sandboxes' added; Nightlife postponed again

Alcohol Ban, Red Zones, Bar Closures Likely When CCSA Meets Friday

The Center for Covid-19 Administration on Friday is expected to reimpose a ban on alcohol sales in restaurants, reinstate “red” zones and close bars...

Bangkok Rubber-Stamps CCSA Order Allowing Booze Until 1 a.m. on NYE

City Hall rubber-stamped what national health authorities already approved: Booze can be served until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve in Bangkok. The Bangkok disease...

CCSA OKs New Year’s Boozing ’til 1, Makes All of Chonburi ‘Blue’ Tourist Zone

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration ended all “red” maximum disease control zones and will allow New Year’s countdown drinking to continue until 1...

Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin Restaurants Finally Get OK to Sell Alcohol

Friday brought cheers to Thailand’s last three major tourists and expat cities under an alcohol sales ban as restaurants in Pattaya, Chiang Mai and...

Ayutthaya, Korat Get Booze Back, But Pattaya Still Dry Under New Rules

. Governor relaxes more regulations, but fails to explain or justify nonsensical alcohol ban.

End Alcohol Ban Farce, Open Bars Now, Pattaya Owners Demand to Mayor, Governor

Nearly 400 bar and entertainment business owners petitioned Pattaya’s mayor and Chonburi’s governor to lift the ban on alcohol sales and put the city...

New Pattaya Councilman Rips Alcohol Ban, Overzealous Covid-19 Controls

. Boonanan Pattanasin, also president of the PBTA, says needlessly strict regulations undermining Pattaya's tourism efforts.

Bar, Restaurant Owners Sue Prayut for ฿87 Million Over Alcohol Bans, Lockdowns

A group of restaurant and bar owners today will file a lawsuit against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, seeking 87 million baht in compensation for...

Thailand’s top cop claims no Bangkok restaurants breaking booze laws; laughter ensues

. Gov. Aswin rejects appeal for 11 p.m. cutoff, as Covid-19 comes out after 9

Bangkok’s Booze Limits Protect Corrupt Police, Not Restaurant Patrons

. By limiting alcohol sales to SHA venues until 9 p.m., Bangkok Gov. Aswin gave his police buddies 2 more ways to extort struggling restaurateurs.

They’re Pissed in Pattaya, and It’s Not From Booze

. Alcohol sales return to restaurants in Bangkok, 3 provinces Monday, but not Sin City. Angry business leaders demand to know why.

93 More Arrested as Another Bangkok ‘Restaurant’ Flagrantly Defies Alcohol Ban

Openly serving alcohol in restaurants during the current booze ban may be fine (with a bribe) to Bangkok police along the Sukhumvit strip, but...

116 Busted in Raid at Bangkok Bar So Egregiously Flouting Law Crooked Cops Couldn’t...

Bangkok police have been happily looking the other way  – for a price – as bars reopen and restaurants blatantly serve alcohol along Bangkok’s...

Thailand’s Nov. 1 Reopening: Devil Will Be in Details

CoE? Insurance? SHA+? Prayut laid out a vision, but bureaucrats may add conditions. How many will determine how successful reopening is.
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