Thai holidays – what to do when there’s no booze

It was recently a two day public holiday in Thailand. For the king’s birthday and asanhabuscha, the Buddhist lent. Even in Pattaya all bars closed including walking Street, LK metro, soi 6, 7, 8… Everywhere.  Restaurants that were open could only serve non alcoholic drinks. In addition the sale of takeaway alcohol was prohibited at shops like Family Mart and 7.11 So, what could you do if you forgot about the holiday?


The answer is that small shop owners are less strict about the ban on sales. Many small mom and pop shops that are based out of the front room of the family house will sell beer, spirits, anything you could want. Sometimes it can be hard to locate these places. If you are lucky there will be one near your hotel, especially if you are staying down a small soi away from the main road. Alternatively, you can ask the tuk tuk or motorbike taxi drivers. Or just wander around the smaller residential sois. You won’t have to go far.


If you are looking for companionship this can still be found on Beach road, however due to police, ladies may be waiting on the shopping/land side of the road rather than at the beach side. Many soi6 ladies actually sleep and live at the bar, and could be seen making their way out in groups to look for customers.


As always plan ahead and be aware of the dates of the religious and public holidays in Thailand to avoid disappointment.

richard coxley

Richard Coxley is a business consultant with over 12 years experience in Asia. He enjoys playing golf. He has travelled extensively in Thailand and currently resides in Pratumnak, Pattaya.

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