entertainment industry is prepared for a blow as a new law comes into
effect to enforce midnight closing on bars and clubs.
The only exceptions will be a few zones in the capital, Bangkok, and some resorts,
where bars can open to 0200.
Thailand’s government says the law is part of its campaign to curb juvenile crime
and drug abuse.
What! Bangkok bars closing earlier than in straight-laced Boston? Say it
ain’t so! Our recollection of Bangkok nightlife, admittedly somewhat
hazy, doesn’t include much at all BEFORE midnight. We do remember one
year being holed up in the Honey Hotel, an infamous dive of the faded
jaded elegance variety off the main drag in Sukamvit, watching the
NFL Playoffs with a shady hologram salesman and a member of the Malaysian
leave or AWOL.
There were two games on each night. The first game started around 1
am. Green Bay was kicking ass, and the Dowbrigade was up and down at
the same time. We were sampling all of Thailand’s vices serially and
sometimes simultaneously, and betting
But despite the visceral rush of professional playoff football on the
tube and money on the bedspread, the highlights of those evenings were
our mini expeditions out into the bars and nightclubs BETWEEN the early
and late games. What with all the commercials and inane analysis we had
almost an hour between games.
Luckily there were approximately 2 thousand bars and nightclubs within
a two block radius of our hideout. The short narrow streets were packed
with sloshed, buzzed, stunned, stoned or staggering individuals of all
known races and sexes. The sky was ablaze in a neon cacophony better
than any art installation we had ever seen. 4 to 5 AM seemed to be prime
time in that part of Bangkok, anyway.
And the shows, inside the clubs, upstairs, downstairs, around back,
in hidden, windowless rooms, were truly astounding in their
sheer imaginative variety. Despite our extensive knowledge of human anatomy
and erotic activity in diverse cultures, we were exposed to numerous
feats we would have never admitted possible had we not witnessed them
with our own eyes.
All that – Gone! Lets hear from some Thai Bloggers. Is this really going
to work? What are those "special zones" in the capital? Why do they want
to reschedule the youth crime and drug use for earlier in the evening,
so more kids can take part before bedtime?
Trust your tireless correspondent to keep an eye on this one, dear readers….