The Thai election commission has officially stated that alcohol bans should (and likely will) be in effect for election days, including early voting on the 16th and 17th of March, 2019.
According to Thai law, sales of liquor is forbidden during an election. The Election Commission has announced that they support this law and that it is nearly a certainty that sales of liquor will be forbidden from 6:00 pm to 6:00 pm from the 16th to the 17th of March as well as the 23rd and 24th of March.
It is unknown at this point if this will allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol prior and after these times and will depend on local officials and agencies.
If this is effective, it means that the popular holiday of Saint Patrick’s day will be a dry and dull day in Pattaya.
The Irish Society of Pattaya has confirmed the annual parade will be going on as normal on the 17th on Beach Road and invites tourists and locals alike to attend, regardless of any potential alcohol ban.
If effective, this ban includes not only Thai Nationals but tourists as well. In prior years this ban would not include hotels or restaurants but restrictions have been tightened in the past few years. HUMANLIFE.ASIA