Saturday, October 15, 2016

An Update on Visiting Thailand...

I wrote a post yesterday about what to expect if you're coming to Thailand's red light districts in the near future.

Now I can't predict what will happen of course but so far Thailand Tourists Authority put this info out http://www.tatnews.org/recommendations-regarding-mourning-period-for-his-majesty-king-bhumibol-adulyadej/ to clarify a couple of things.

From tat news.org website
According to the 3rd bullet point, it's entirely up to bar and nightclub owners for how long they want to close. This is as official as it gets. There has been no mandatory days of closing set by the government as reported earlier.

I'm assuming all go go bars will close for just a short period of time. A closed bar is a bar that bleeds money. How many days is anyones guess but I would assume it wouldn't be too long.

And don't expect music in bars to go full blast either anytime soon. I can just imagine that the sounds of go go bar girls' high heels scraping along the stage will be a lot louder than the DJs music.

So far the outlook for Thailand's nightlife industry is not as bleak as it could be. Hell even the Thai stock markets has jumped due to the smooth transition. In another words, no shit has hit the fan.


  1. Hi James,
    Thanks for this useful update. I can now be more at ease after reading your advice.

  2. Jim,

    Have you been to any go-go bars or dance clubs recently? I've seen on YouTube videos that the bars and clubs are still open but there isn't any music playing.

    Are go-go clubs and dance clubs allowed to play loud music inside if the doors are closed?



    1. Mike,

      Bars and clubs have to be low key out of respect for the recent death of Thai king.

      So music is played but at a lower volume. Not sure how long it will last as it is up to owners of bars.