There's been a few nespaper stories about the Thai Cabinet approving a proposal to allow entertainment venues to operate 24-hours a day. Hopes were raised but it seems that this only applies in the U-Tapao International Airport.
Thai officials and
entertainment association representatives have since clarified after the original proposal appeared to cover Pattaya as well that this is not, for now, the case.
Damrongkiet Pinitkarn, a secretary of the Pattaya Entertainment Association, told the
Pattaya News that the Thai cabinet HAS approved to allow 24-hour operation of entertainment venues but only in the U-Tapao International Airport area and planned to be developed airport city. This proposal for 24-hour operations does not currently affect
entertainment venues in Pattaya, Damrongkiet clarified.
Damrongkiet did add that entertainment venue owners in Pattaya were still pursuing a legal 4:00 A.M. closing hours extension and zoning extensions in Pattaya which have already been formally
requested to the appropriate agencies. However, business owners and tourists will have to wait for a final decision when the country has a new government and Prime Minister. But for now the legal closing times in Pattaya remain 2:00 A.M. in
entertainment zones and midnight in non-entertainment areas.