Authorities in Pattaya last week launched a new crackdown on the resort city’s vibrant nightlife scene. For the time being it appears that the opening of new GoGo bars has been temporarily prohibited.
Likewise, a new 3 a.m. curfew is in place for bars and entertainment venues on Walking Street, while venues on Soi 6 have been ordered by authorities not to open until 6 p.m.
Thaivisa.com reported a few days ago:
As part of the crackdown licensing officials in Pattaya have temporarily prohibited the opening of new Go-Go bars and that licenses for such establishments will not be issued for the foreseeable future – although no time frame has been determined as to how long this may be.
The crackdown [has] also seen Pattaya’s notorious Soi 6 [become] the subject of increased scrutiny by authorities this week, with all owners informed bars are not permitted to open until 6pm.
Bar owners have been warned that failure to comply will result in fines and suspension of licenses.
While some venues on Soi 6 comply with the order and don’t open before 6 p.m. others still appear to defy the new rules and remain open also during the day.
Thaivisa.com further elaborated that the new crackdown on GoGo clubs and bars is
part of a wider change to the way licenses for bars and clubs are issued in the city, with the whole licensing process set to be overhauled.
The changes would mean that rather than having to revoke licenses from bars that fail to comply with licensing laws, offending bars would simply not be allowed to renew existing licenses and therefore be prevented from trading legally.
Officials are set for further discussions on proposed new licensing measures this coming week.
On Monday, local officials now also informed bar managers on Walking Street that they had to close their venues by 3 a.m. They also left a leaflet at each venue informing that drugs and weapons as well as persons under 20 years of age were strictly prohibited on the premises. Funnily, the leaflet also warned that prostitutes and prostitution were equally prohibited…