Possibility of a public drinking ban for visitors to Thailand for New Year

Possibility of a public drinking ban for visitors to Thailand for New Year
The Songkran festival or water festival in Chiang Mai is part of the Thai New Year celebrations and is from Apr 13-15. However, future festivals could be dryer in terms of alcohol if a proposed bill on public drinking is passed.

Thailand's Public Health Ministry is set to propose a Bill banning the public consumption of alcohol during New Year and Songkran celebrations in the future.

Should the Bill be passed, public consumption of alcohol would be banned from Dec 31 to Jan 1 and Apr 13-15 every year.

The Bangkok Post reported that proposed Bill is one of four that are being proposed to restrict alcohol consumption. It was announced by the director of the Alcohol Control Committee Office, Dr Saman Footrakul on Tuesday (Dec 2).

The other bills involve bans on the sale and consumption of alcohol at "public transport piers, transport terminals, places under the supervision of state agencies or enterprises and along rail tracks."

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