Public Bar Closures in Thailand 2015, 2016 and 2017

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Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Phansa)

This is one of four Buddhist holidays that in Thailand are strictly observed and as such has historically always included as a day of mandated ban on serving alcohol and playing music in bars. Most often this results in a bar closure (sometimes mandated).
The actual hours of closure vary from district to district and from year to year. Closure may start a just past midnight or at the start of the business day, conversely the ending time may be midnight or it may be through the night.
It is, however, not uncommon to find bars that still serve, though it generally is very discreet, i.e. beer in a coffee mug. For more details please see Exceptions to the Rules

List: 

Magha Puja (Makha Bucha), Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day, Asalha Puja Day,
and Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Phansa)

Note: Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Phansa) is preceded by Asalha Puja Day making the combination a two-day bar closure event.

Year Date Likelihood
 / Action
Comments
2018 - 28 Jul:  Based on past history this day is certain to be a bar closure day.
2017 - 09 or
11 Jul: 
Based on past history this day is certain to be a bar closure day.
Buddhist Lent Day is always the day after Asalha Puja Day which in 2017 is 08 July, but by government, school will observe 10 Jul. No official date has been set for Buddhist Lent Day, but could be the day after either meaning 9 or 11 July.
2016 - 20 Jul: 

General bar closure. General opening at midnight

Bangkok: 

Few bars open in Patpong but quiet. NANA/Cowboy shot.

Pattaya: 

Midnight opening, except for few bars that elected to remain shot

Phuket:

Many reportedly opening an hour or two before midnight.

2015 - 31 Jul:  General bar closure. Bars allowed to open late night or past midnight in many regions.
2014 - 12 Jul:  General bar closure. Bars allowed to open late night or past midnight in many regions.
2013 - 23 Jul:  General bar closure. Bars allowed to open late night or past midnight in many regions.
2012 - 03 Aug:  General bar closure. Bars allowed to open 10PM in parts of Patong.
2011 - 16 Jul:  General bar closure. Bars allowed to open 10PM in parts of Patong.
2010 - 27 Jul:  General bar closure
2009 - 19 Jul:  General bar closure
2008 - 26 Jul:  General bar closure
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