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Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

Adelaide Hills...
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Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

Hi All,

Is anyone in Thailand (Patong region) or have a good idea of what restrictions may be around 25th-27th October. We booked our travels in January and had no idea these dates may affect our entertainment. Do you know if there will be any likely locations that may see alcohol or open for night entertainment during this time. Happy even if its only at the hotel such as Graceland Phuket???

Any insight would be helpful (unless we need to buy some duty free entering the country)?

Leicester, United...
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1. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

It is highly likely that there will be alcohol restrictions around the time you mention. Exact details vague at the moment.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
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2. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

Sorry such a momentous occasion like the Cremation of the King of Thailand may affect your entertainment. Details as to how much, as KhunBill says are not confirmed yet.

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3. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

Don't know how true it is but know someone currently in Thailand that says all pubs will be closed from either the 20th or 21st - 26th . Gonna be like one big long bank holiday monday ha

Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

Google Phuket news there was an article the other day

Sydney Australia
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5. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

The Thai government travel site recently emailed a notice that any closures would only happen in Bangkok, if I find it I'll add the link here

Phuket, Thailand
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6. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

figure bars and all will be shut down 25& 26th for at the leas;t no lights, no music and maybe 27th

Restaurants usually, on holidays still serve.

Edited: 11 October 2017, 08:42
Greater London...
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7. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

May be get a cheap flight to a neighbouring country to continue to party while the Thais show respect to their former King.

Perth, Australia
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for Cambodia
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8. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

Most probably it will be unlikely that there will be many, if any entertainment establishments open during this very sad and sensitive period. The late King was dearly loved and the nation will be in deep mourning.

Perth, Australia
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9. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

Duty free limits apply in Thailand, especially if you are bringing in wine from overseas. Not a good idea to try to exceed specified limits.

I'm sure the bottleshops and little supermarkets around Phuket will be doing a roaring trade on beer and alcohol prior to these dates.

There may be an exception for room service at your hotel anyway. You may find that there could be some latitude inside bigger hotels for hotel customers in quiet internal bars - this was the situation over the elections held when we were there previously. The hotels try to accommodate what their guests want, but if it's to comply with a specific prohibition or law on the day/s, then it will be more difficult for them to do this, of course.

Try to be a respectful tourist when you are travelling and take into account how much the Thais revere their royal family members and mourn their late king.

Thais are too polite to let you know (unless they are police) but they will still notice and not approve of loud disrespectful or drunken behaviours at this time, any more than you would at an equivalent time of importance in Australia or the UK. Do not make any dismissive, critical or scornful comments about the royal family - you could literally end up in jail!

Chiang Mai
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10. Re: Entertainment and alcohol 25th - 27th October

I would expect a very subdued respectful period of mourning during those few days, especially on the 26th as the nation bids farewell to their hugely-loved King. Most local TV channels will be exclusively covering the ceremonies and tributes during that time. Entertainment and drinking keep it low.

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