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    July 8/9 Or 8/11 - TԜΟ Certain Bar Closure Days

    July 8/9 or 8/11 - TԜΟ Certain Bar Closure days

    Asalha Puja and Wan Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent) are two annual Buddhist holidays that are certain to be labeled as bar closure days and are usually back to back.

    Ordinarily the dates are easy to predict.
    Asalha Puja is the day of the full moon of the 8th month in the Thai lunar calendar which falls on 8 July this year (2017). The date of Wan Khao Phansa is set by the cabinet and traditionally the day after Asalha Puja Day which should be 9 July.
    Herein lays a potential confusion. 8 July is on a Saturday and while it is certain that this day (Asalha Puja) will be a bar closure day and the substitution day, observation day or compensatory day (whatever one may call it) will be the following normal work day, so in this case Monday 10 July, 2017.
    If Wan Khao Phansa is the day after Asalha Puja Day it is fair to ask whether it will be the day after the actual Asalha Puja Day (making it 9 July) or the day after the compensatory day (making it 11 July).
    Looking at calendars on-line there is no clear call to be made, it is near to 50% call 9 July and near same call 11 July.
    Actual vs. government/bank closures (compensatory day) may be the difference.

    So what will it be?
    While 8 July (Asalha Puja) is certain to be a bar closure day with 10 July being the government/bank/school compensatory day, it is fair to assume that 9 July will be the official start of the Buddhist Lent in Thailand with 11 July being the compensatory day. This should make Saturday (8th) and Sunday (9th) two back to back days with mandatory bar closures … as any other year.
    This, however, is a rare case where waiting for “the letter” (or post) concerning Wan Khao Phansa might be a reasonable call. Of course any bar manager or bar owner could call the city for clarification in advance, but that would probably jeopardize any chance that the Thai government would somehow “forget” a Buddhist holiday.

    In 2009 the situation was the same with Asalha Puja Day being on a Saturday and back then the bar closures were Saturday and Sunday.
    If that being a model, count on 8 and 9 July being the two days of closure.

    For those needing government services such as immigration, count on 4 days of closures stretching from the 8th through the 11th of July, regardless of whether a bar closure is mandated for Wan Khao Phansa on the 9th or the 11th. Also count on the 7th and the 12th of July being busier than usual … if not also the 6th and the 13th. Yep, possibly more than a full week of immigration office chaos.


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    The letter has been posted in Pattaya for closure on the 8th and 9th


    July 8/9 - TԜΟ Certain Bar Closure days

    Asalha Puja and Wan Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent) are two annual Buddhist holidays that are certain to be labeled as bar closure days.
    Bars will be required to close or not serve alcohol from Saturday July 8 - 0:00 to Sunday July 9 - 23:59.

    For those needing government services such as immigration, count on 4 days of closures stretching from the 8th through the 11th of July as July 8 and July 9 are weekend days so July 10 and 11 will likely be compensatory or substitution days. This is bound to have an effect a day or two before and a day or two after meaning July 6th through July 13th are unlikely to be business as usual

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    Here at the moment...closing tonight at 00.00 and opening up on Sunday at 22.00....more than one way to skin a cat though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeguevara View Post
    Here at the moment...closing tonight at 00.00 and opening up on Sunday at 22.00....more than one way to skin a cat though!
    Quite frequently have bars been allowed to open around 22:00 in Phuket on a Buddhist holiday, which for large parts of the bar scene is close to business as usual as many bars on a normal day does not get going before then.
    By the same rationale closing the bars at 0:00 when things barely has begun, in large parts of the entertainment areas, will have an opposite effect.

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    So .... Did the bars open at 22:00?

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    Looked like a lot of girls heading to work at around 10 but apparently they were not going to open until about 11.30 for alcohol.
    God, Buddha, whatever, it looked lonesome in Bangla Rd on Saturday night.
    What a huge loss of cash to the local community

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    I was a bit surprised as our local Sunday meeting restaurant here in Ranong didn't sell beer. So we ended up in the back of a local shop and finished all his Leo stock. 85 small bottles, 16 cans and 12 big bottles.
    Not a bad evening after all 55555
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    I was in bar funk 3 at 11.00 and drink sold...night before drinking beer in San sabai in coffee cups. Police walked by but didn't say anything. Having a great time.
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