11 July 2024

The Cabinet agreed in principle on Tuesday to an amendment to the Interior Ministry’s regulations which would allow pubs and bars in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Chon Buri and Koh Samui to stay open until 4am.

It was not, however, specified when the new licencing hours will come into effect, but earlier reports tentatively suggested December 15.

The Interior Ministry has proposed the changes to promote tourism and increase revenues.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has said that the new closing time is not only intended for tourists, but also for Thais whose businesses are related to tourism, such as restaurants and food shops.