PHUKET: All bars and nightlife entertainment venues on the island must close for the two-day Asarnha Bucha Day public holidays (today and tomorrow), Phuket Provincial Police have confirmed.
A spokesperson in the Phuket Provincial Police planning section today confirmed that there will be a two-day ban on alcohol sales at all nightlife venues.
Alcohol sales at retail establishments will remain as normal, with alcohol being available for sale from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm until midnight.
Asarnha Bucha Day, on the full moon of the eighth lunar month, commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon and the founding of the Buddhist sangha.
Believers observe the day by making merit at temples and attending sermons.
Respecting the alcohol ban disrupts trade in Phuket’s renowned bar scene, for local residents and tourists alike.
Read more: The Phuket Gazette