Bangkok nightlife asked to go dark for coronation

Khaosan Road. Photo: naoya_bkk/ Instagram
Khaosan Road. Photo: naoya_bkk/ Instagram

Bangkok’s governor has asked the city’s nightlife purveyors to keep it down next weekend during ceremonies to coronate His Majesty the King.

Gov. Asawin Kwanmuang said today he’s asked all nightlife establishments in the city’s old quarter – near the sites to be used in King Vajiralongkorn’s May 6 ceremony – to temporarily close to accommodate the ceremonies.

Though the request does not amount to a legal order, per se, the governor said he expects the public to be conscientious and know what they should – and should not – do during the royal festivities.

The affected areas include the Khaosan backpacker magnet and party district, its sister Rambuttri Alley and the lively Phra Athit Road. So caveat emptor to anyone expecting a night out anywhere near Dusit district next weekend.

Meanwhile, an alcohol ban is also being considered.

The good news is that security is unlikely to be amped up in other parts of Bangkok, according to a cop at the Thonglor Police Station. In fact, there may be fewer eyes on the usual suspects and after-hours haunts. The officer answering the phone said “nearly half” of the station’s men will be sent to reinforce security measures during next weekend’s ceremonies. He said they have spent the past few weeks training for it, in fact.

“And the same goes to other stations as well,” said the officer, who did not want to give his name. “The ceremony has priority.”

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