Yesterday afternoon at around 3:00 PM at City Hall in Pattaya the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) met with local police, immigration, tourist police, media and a collection of local business owners and alcohol control group representatives to discuss the proposal of extending legal closing hours for nightlife in Pattaya.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, who represents TAT as it’s governor, listened to all sides and their concerns in the meeting, which The Pattaya News attended. He was visiting Pattaya on behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Sports who has proposed extending legal closing hours in the tourist nightlife hotspots across the country, such as Pattaya, Phuket, Bangkok Nightlife areas, Krabi, etc.
The current legal closing times depends on the area and in Pattaya is between midnight to 2AM. Walking Street has generally been given an unofficial exception to be open later. The proposal would make it completely legal for nightlife to stay open until the current proposed hour, 4 AM.