Public Bar Closures in Thailand 2015, 2016 and 2017

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Magha Puja (Makha Bucha)

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)

Year Date Likelihood
 / Action
Comments
2018 - 01 Mar Based on past history this day is certain to be a bar closure day
2017 - 11 Feb: General bar closure. Nationwide midnight to midnight
In certain tourist areas some bars, gogo's and discos managed to remain open for a bit past midnight
Many venues remained closed for the night also past midnight going in to 12 Feb.
2016 - 22 Feb:  General bar closure. Nationwide midnight to midnight (some +/- 1hr reported)
Many venues remained closed for the night also past midnight going in to 23 Feb.
2015 04 Mar: General bar closure. Nationwide midnight to midnight, though some delayed closures here and there.
Most venues remained closed for the night also past midnight going in to 05 Mar.
2014 - 14 Feb:  General bar closure
In Phuket and Bangkok the closure time was from the early morning 14 Feb to noon next day
In Pattaya closure was midnight to midnight on the calendar day
2013 - 25 Feb:  General bar closure
2012 - 07 Mar:  General bar closure
2011 - 18 Feb:  General bar closure
2010 - 01 Mar:  General bar closure
2009 - 18 Feb:  General bar closure
2008 - 21 Feb:  General bar closure
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