Pubs and bars are allowed to stay open till 4am – but only in three designated popular entertainment zones, announced the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration today.
While people are rejoicing at the fact that entertainment venues received the go-ahead to open until 4am starting from Dec. 15, the rules may not be as lax as one would think.
Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt said that the three designated zones are Silom and Patpong area, known for their gogo bars and gay clubs; RCA and New Petchburi road, famous for mainstream EDM clubs like Onyx, Route 66, and Spaceplus; and Ratchadapisek, home to numerous bars and nightclubs.
The operating hours extension is part of the government’s effort to boost tourism. The new opening hours, according to Chadchart, will apply to venues that have obtained operating licenses under section 3 of the 1966 Place of Entertainment Act.
That section states that entertainment venues encompass services such as dancing, food and beverages (including bargirls), bathhouses and massage parlors, live music venues, and more, with the purpose of commercial benefit.
And to be serious about the new rules, the government is expected to issue a royal decree.
So what does this mean for other nightlife hotspots not in the three zones? If you’re one of the many who frequent Thonglor, then you’re SOL. Bars and clubs in Thonglor, and anywhere else in the city, are still expected to close at 2am.