Public Bar Closures in Thailand 2015, 2016 and 2017

Public Holidays & Bar
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Name of Thai Holiday and Description

Date

Historic Results

New Year's Day

The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in Thailand, one of three "new year" holidays celebrated every year.

01 JAN

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol restrictions

Chinese New Year

The beginning of the Chinese lunar year is celebrated in the Chinatowns of every city throughout Thailand. Some businesses close for the day, but it is not a national holiday.


Lunar Calendar

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol restrictions

Magha Puja (Makha Bucha)

Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha's first sermon in to his disciples.

Lunar Calendar

Always been observed as a bar closure day / alcohol restriction day. Enforcement and times may vary by region

Chakri Day

Chakri Day commemorates the founding of the current dynasty by its first king, Rama I.

06 Apr

Never been observed to be a bar closure days or a days with alcohol restrictions

Songkran

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, celebrated as a water festival. Be prepared to get wet all over as revelers abound, ready to soak you as a form of celebrating this season! NOTE: In some tourist areas may be observed for an additional several days (often as long as a full week)

13 Apr
14 Apr
15 Apr

Never been observed to be a bar closure days or a days with alcohol restrictions

Thailand Labor Day

International Labor Day is also celebrated as a national holiday, even though there isn't much ado about it. Some businesses may be closed.

01 May

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol restrictions

Coronation Day

Celebrates the day when the current king Rama IX was crowned in 1949.

05 May

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol restrictions

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

An ancient royal rite held in Thailand to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season

10 May

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol restrictions

Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day

The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha.

Lunar Calendar

Always been observed as a bar closure day / alcohol restriction day. Enforcement and times may vary by region

Asalha Puja Day

Commemorates the Buddha's first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares and the founding of the Buddhist sangha.

Lunar Calendar

Always been observed as a bar closure day / alcohol restriction day. Enforcement and times may vary by region

Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Phansa)

This day marks the beginning of the Buddhist 'lent' period, a time when monks are supposed to retreat to their temples while new life springs forth.

Lunar Calendar

Always been observed as a bar closure day / alcohol restriction day. Enforcement and times may vary by region

H.M. The Queen's Birthday

Her Majesty the Queen's birthday is a national holiday, also serving as the country's Mothers' Day as well.

12 Aug

Very rare for this day to be a day for bar closure or alcohol restrictions

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

Celebration of the death anniversary of Thailand's one of the most revered kings, Rama V.

23 Oct

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol restrictions

End of Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Awk Phansa)

This day marks the end of the Buddhist 'lent' period or the Rains Retreat.


Lunar Calendar

Starting 2015 observed as a bar closure day / alcohol restriction day. Enforcement and times may vary by region and future mandates may change.

Thod Kathin

Presentation of Monk's Robes after Rains Retreat.


Lunar Calendar

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol restrictions

Loy Krathong

While it is not marked a national holiday, it is an evening when Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on any and all waterways around the kingdom.


Lunar Calendar

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol restrictions

H.M. The King's Birthday

His Majesty the (late) King's birthday is/was celebrated throughout the country and is also the country's Fathers Day. The state and observance of this calendar day is yet to be detrmined.

05 Dec

In some regions observed as a bar closure day, but recently limited in most tourist areas

Thai Constitution Day

Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution.

10 Dec

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol restrictions

New Years' Eve

The day before the Western New Year day is always marked a national holiday.

31 Dec

Never been observed to be a bar closure day or a day with alcohol

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