Following Thailand’s alcohol ban for the Visakha Bucha Day Buddhist holiday, residents of Pattaya and Bangkok can prepare for another alcohol ban coming a week later! The next alcohol ban will begin Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m. and last 24 hours until Sunday, May 22 at 6 p.m.
The ban is in light of Pattaya’s mayoral election and Bangkok’s gubernatorial election, which will take place on May 22. Pattaya News reports that in Pattaya, the ban will only apply to areas under the jurisdiction of the mayor. This includes Pattaya proper, Koh Larn and most of Jomtien and Naklua.
Letters regarding the ban have been sent to business owners, warning them that those who violate the ban face heavy fines and even jail time. The ban also applies to foreigners, even if they cannot vote.
Thailand bans the sale of alcohol during provincial elections. The ban is said to discourage so-called “alcohol voting” in Thailand, preventing people from voting for candidates they might later regret voting for. But in previous elections, angry social media users, especially expats, called the ban part of Thailand’s “ridiculous war on alcohol”.
When the election was in December 2020, one user wrote “They timed the election just to ruin Christmas”. Another wrote: “Just another example of people control… animal farm! Nothing less”. Another comment was “Farang cannot vote and should be exempt from this madness”.
THE SOURCE: Pattaya News