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Public Holidays and Bar Closures in Thailand

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Keywords: Chinese New Year, Magha Puja, Makha Bucha, Buddha, Chakri Day, Songkran, Visakha Bucha Day, Vesak Day, Asalha Puja Day, Buddhist Lent, Wan Khao Phansa, Thod Kathin, Chulalongkorn, Wan Awk Pansa, Loy Katong, Kings Birthday

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Kangarooted

Thanks for that - didn't realise Labour day was international on same date - interesting.

 

 

Now - re the two days shutdown in July......stay tuned for much panic, nail chewing, taking up of new hobbies like knitting, and model boat in bottle building by BMs to get through til 17th July when all is back to normal !

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PUINSAI

Thanks for the info, this will come in handy when planning a trip!

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MrDK

Thanks for that - didn't realise Labour day was international on same date - interesting.

 

Almost correct (80 countries).

May 1 is closely associated with left wing / socialism.

Noticeably, it is not May 1st on the US or Canada (first Monday in September).

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Craig_ozz

thanks for the info

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brewster

The King's birthday is an interesting one. From what I've read there is no desire from the "very top" that it should be a sombre day and it hasn't been in Bangkok for the last two years, with most bars opening as normal. The bars that have closed have done so to enable their staff to celebrate at home, rather than due to police instructions. Pattaya (surprisingly) seems to be different.

 

Also this year, HM's actual birthday is on Sunday 5 December but Monday 6 December is an official holiday. So if bars do close will it be for both days?

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MrDK

OP updated 23 Oct with 22 Oct End of Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Awk Phansa) data.

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MrDK

OP updated 24 Oct with 23 Oct Thod Kathin data

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leadpencil

Good info. :001_Thank_You5:

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House13

Awesome, thanks for the good info! :001_Thank_You5:

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picasso

Watch out for other dry days for local and general elections.

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MrDK

OP updated 26 Oct with 23/25 Oct Chulalongkorn Memorial Day data.

Keywords:

This thread includes the following Thai festivals and public holidays:

New Year's Day, Chinese New Year, Makha Bucha, Chakri Day,

Songkran, Thailand Labor Day, Coronation Day,

Royal Ploughing Ceremony, Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day, Asalha Puja Day,

Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Phansa), H.M. The Queen's Birthday,

End of Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Awk Phansa), Thod Kathin,

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, Loy Kratong, H.M. The King's Birthday,

Thai Constitution Day, New Years' Eve.

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MrDK

OP updated 22 Nov 2010 with 21 Nov Loy Krathong data.

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MrDK

OP updated with 05 Dec 2010 data related to H.M. The King's Birthday.

 

Excluding bar closures because of elections, this should mean no additional bar closures till 18 Feb 2011 (Makha Bucha).

 

 

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wimpy

OP updated with 05 Dec 2010 data related to H.M. The King's Birthday.

 

Excluding bar closures because of elections, this should mean no additional bar closures till 18 Feb 2011 (Makha Bucha).

 

I'll be there on the 18th Feb. Does that mean there is nothing at all to do on that day?

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MrDK

I'll be there on the 18th Feb. Does that mean there is nothing at all to do on that day?

 

Not at all, but definitely limited.

Officially bars will not be able to serve alcohol, but many do.

If so, it is usually done under dim light and no music.

Most higher profile places will not risk penalties and will be completely closed, this includes go-go's, coyote bars and discos.

The stores will not sell alcohol, of cause with the exception of some smaller private stores looking to make a buck.

In other words, if you want a drink you should be able to find one.

Many hotels with their own bar are exempt.

 

As far as the ladies, the bars that are open will have their staff, but as said the higher profile locations are closed so no ladies there.

The Coconut bar seems to grow in scope on the days of bar closure .... go figure.

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wimpy

Not at all, but definitely limited.

Officially bars will not be able to serve alcohol, but many do.

If so, it is usually done under dim light and no music.

Most higher profile places will not risk penalties and will be completely closed, this includes go-go's, coyote bars and discos.

The stores will not sell alcohol, of cause with the exception of some smaller private stores looking to make a buck.

In other words, if you want a drink you should be able to find one.

Many hotels with their own bar are exempt.

 

As far as the ladies, the bars that are open will have their staff, but as said the higher profile locations are closed so no ladies there.

The Coconut bar seems to grow in scope on the days of bar closure .... go figure.

 

Thanks for your reply. I was a bit worried but it sounds as though it will be ok.

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frenchfarangbkk

Hi,

 

So this friday for MAKHA BUCHA all bars and disco will be closed at PATTAYA and Bangkok ?

 

Thanks.

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MrDK

OP updated with notes concerning Thai General Elections June/July 2011.

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wimpy

Thanks for updating, very useful info.

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MrDK

OP updated with Asalha Puja Day 15 July and Wan Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent Day) 16 July.

Unless more elections are announced, no more bar closures likely till Dec 5.

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MrDK

OP (Post #1) updated with 2013 holidays and projected bar closures.

Edited by MrDK

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Spider123

Thanks for the information.

 

Two things...does anyone know if the factories in Bangkok are closed for the King's birthday?

 

Last time I was in Pattaya earlier in the year there was an election somewhere(did not appear to be in Pattaya) and so I was told the bars were to be closed. The bar I regularly drink at seeemed to be confused..they were going to close and then they weren't..none of the working girls appeared to know if and why they would close..the mamasan was just as confused. They ended up staying open but doing the usual and only selling alcohol in cups and had to pay for it straight away...no music.

 

Question..do the bars know when they are supposed to close and why they are closing?

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brewster

Thanks for the information.

 

Two things...does anyone know if the factories in Bangkok are closed for the King's birthday?

 

Last time I was in Pattaya earlier in the year there was an election somewhere(did not appear to be in Pattaya) and so I was told the bars were to be closed. The bar I regularly drink at seeemed to be confused..they were going to close and then they weren't..none of the working girls appeared to know if and why they would close..the mamasan was just as confused. They ended up staying open but doing the usual and only selling alcohol in cups and had to pay for it straight away...no music.

 

Question..do the bars know when they are supposed to close and why they are closing?

 

Factories? I would definitely expect them to close on the King's birthday.

 

As for bars, Pattaya seems to insist on closure (although a few bars manage to stay open) while many Bangkok bars stay open to celebrate and those that do close, seem to do so voluntarily. This year could be different and no one will know for sure until the day before.

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