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Alcohol Sales Ban in Thailand for Visakha Bucha Day, 2013

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Don’t forget, there’s an alcohol sales ban in Thailand today as it’s Visakha Bucha Day. That means, whether you want to buy alcohol in a 7-Eleven, supermarket, mom and pop store or in a restaurant or your favorite Thailand bar — you can’t.

Of course, you will find a few small businesses in Thailand that will sell alcohol on Visakha Bucha Day, but they run a large risk. If they haven’t paid off the right police officer or are just not deemed ‘important enough’, they put themselves at risk of being charged a 10,000 baht fine. In extreme cases, they could get up to six months in jail.

If you’re desperate to drink alcohol on Visakha Bucha Day and you forgot to stock up last night before the alcohol sales ban in Thailand went into effect, there are still hotels in Thailand that can serve booze. That’s because their main clientele is foreign tourists and, as most of them are not Buddhist, the government allows the hotels to continue to operate as normal.

Places like the Marriott chain in Thailand, Amari hotels, Centara hotels, The Oriental, The Peninsula, The Shangri-La, and the Grand Hyatt Erawan, just to name a few, will usually sell alcohol in their bars, restaurants and through room service.

Otherwise, why not join the “good Buddhists of Thailand” and enjoy an alcohol-free day? You can always start drinking again tomorrow.

Meanwhile, for the normal rules and regulations of when you can buy alcohol in Thailand, check here.

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