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Tourists have found much shorter immigration lines at Suvarnabhumi International Airport since the country "reopened" Nov. 1. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

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 wants to make the beach a "sandbox" again. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

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...
Drinkers won't be "chillin'" in restaurants in Khon Kaen and 68 other provinces starting Sunday.

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...
Restaurant diiners patrons drinking alcohol booze beer

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

. Test & Go cutoff date nixed; 5 'Sandboxes' added; Nightlife postponed again
Koh Samui Thailand Bars Closed Lockdown Coronavirus Reopen 2

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...
New Year's Eve Bangkok Bars Sell Alcohol Until 1 a.m.

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...
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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...
If Bangkok is any example, it won't be long until every bar in Hua Hin becomes a "restaurant" and is selling booze again. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

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...
Pattaya's beer bars remain closed and restaurants still can't sell alcohol, despite being a "pilot tourist zone".

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.
Pattaya's Walking Street remains closed while girlie bars on Phuket's Bangla Road and Bangkok's Sukhumvit Soi 4 are open. Pattaya bar owners have had enough. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

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...
The Pattaya Music Festival only allowed 150 people into the seating area where they were harassed by security to remain seated and not dance or sit close to friends.

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.
Alcohol Beer Bar Pub Restaurant Thailand Bangkok

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...
The booze was flowing freely Monday at Lek's Last Stand, a beer bar on Sukhumvit Road at Soi 10, despite it neither being a licensed restaurant nor SHA certified. Clearly Thailand's police chief never had a brew here.

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
Restaurant diiners patrons drinking alcohol booze beer

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.
The Sea Zone restaurant on Pattaya's now moribund Walking Street, taken during happier times. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

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.
Pathumwan police raided the Tapas Music Bar on Rama I Road after 10 p.m. last night when the “restaurant” was supposed to close to allow patrons to go home before the 11 p.m. curfew.

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...
Bangkok Bar XOXO Korea Town Sukhumvit Plaza Soi 12 Raided Alcohol Booze 116 Arrested-1

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...
An All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo arrives at Bangkok's Survanabhumi International Airport in June. Japanese travelers will be able to return to Thailand in November without undergoing quarantine under a plan by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

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.
Clear cocktail glass with yellow liquid inside

Thailand’s Alcohol Laws a Cocktail of Confusion

This commentary by Barry Kenyon first appeared in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner. Thailand has always had a love-hate relationship with alcoholic...
Phuket Bangla Road Restaurant Bar Pub Chinese Thai Food

Phuket Restaurants Get OK to Sell Alcohol Again

After openly defying the island’s alcohol ban and being raided by police, restaurants in Phuket can resume sellng booze on Oct. 1. Bars, nightclubs, pubs,...

Shorter Curfew, Quarantine, But Longer Wait for Thailand to ‘Live with Covid-19’

Curfews are shorter. Quarantines are shorter. This list of closed businesses is shorter. But the wait for Thailand to reopen to foreign tourism and...
Cleo SKy Bar Chiang Mai 24 Arrested Drinking

24 Farangs, Thais Busted for Sky-Bar Partying Like It’s 2019 in Chiang Mai

Two dozen foreigners and Thais were arrested for partying like it was 2019 in a Chiang Mai rooftop bar. The owner of the Cleo Café...
Pathera Group staff donate 5,000 liters of disinfecting alcohol to Bangkok hospitals and field hospitals caring for Covid-19 patients.

Panthera Group Donates 5,000 L of Coronavirus-Disinfecting Alcohol to Bangkok Hospitals

Panthera Group, Thailand’s leading integrated operator of hospitality, law and marketing businesses, has donated 5000 litres of disinfecting alcohol to Bangkok hospitals. This contribution...
somtam shop owner fined for beer photo

Somtam Seller Fined ฿17,000 for Thumb-Sized Beer Photo on Wall Menu

Out-of-control Health Ministry inspectors perverting booze law to extort massive fines for minor infractions.
Thailand Budadhist Lent No Alcohol Booze Sales Banned

Bangkok Restaurants to Stop Selling for Booze 3 Months of Buddhist Lent

Dozens of small and chain eateries across 32 districts to abstain from alcohol sales until Oct. 2
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