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Thailand: Is The Party Over For Now? The Effect Of The Curfew On Tourism


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Since the military coup on May 22, Thailand has been under a strict curfew. Initially, everyone was ordered indoors from 10pm to 5am. The curfew has just been relaxed however – allowing tourists and locals to stay out in the evenings – as long as they are off the streets between midnight and 4am.

Naturally, visitor numbers are down and the industry is suffering. Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) President Piyaman Tejapaibul this week called on the military to lift the curfew entirely in tourist hotspots around the country. And while evidence suggests that this has already happened in some tourist areas, albeit highly informally, it remains to be seen whether restrictions will relax further over the weekend, and whether rules affecting holidaymakers will become more flexible or tighten up.

Bangkok, night life capital of the world, has been feeling the squeeze the hardest. Five-star hotels are offering special rates for tourists and promotions to entice locals to spend the night after coming for drinks or dinner, and avoid rushing home for curfew.

The city usually comes to life at night and glows with hedonistic abandon, but for the past few days, the Thai capital’s usually packed concrete canyons have been largely deserted, its countless bars, clubs, shops and restaurants closed in line with the military’s orders.

via Thailand: Is the party over for now? The effect of the curfew on tourism – Telegraph.

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There hasn't been too much change since this has happened, especially now that the curfew is midnight until 4 am. There are still a bunch of clubs that stay open very late, and I think some livers have gotten a bit of a rest.


It's tough to keep Bangkokonians down!

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