Ministry Seeks To Extend Night Venues’ Opening Hours to 4am

The Interior Ministry is collaborating with relevant parties to identify suitable areas for the government’s initiative to extend the operating hours of night entertainment venues until 4am

Anutin Charnvirakul, who serves as both the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, mentioned on a recent Thursday that the ministry is ready to adhere to the latest directive put forth by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin.

This directive proposes a two-hour extension, moving the closing time from 2am to 4am for nighttime entertainment venues.

Mr. Anutin stated that pilot locations would be announced once stakeholders, including the police and business owners, establish safety guidelines and operational procedures.

In response to questions about tourist safety during these extended hours, Mr. Anutin emphasized the crucial role of venue managers. He insisted that they rigorously vet their customers and cooperate  with the police.

The national police chief, Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, voiced his support. He confirmed the police force’s readiness to implement the forthcoming directive, even if all details haven’t been released yet.

He also provided a stern reminder: irrespective of their location, all nightclubs—whether inside or outside the pilot zones—must comply with legal protocols.

Joining the conversation, Sanga Ruangwattanakul, the president of the Khao San Road Business Association, expressed his agreement with the proposed extended hours for alcohol sales and venue operations.

The association has scheduled a meeting for the following week. After that, they plan to send an open letter to the Prime Minister.

They will request the removal of current restrictions on alcohol sale hours and suggest reducing the excise tax for business operators from 10% to 3%.

Given that manufacturers are already subjected to this excise tax, levying it on entrepreneurs essentially amounts to double taxation.