Enforced closing times for nightlife areas

New closing times and development - February 12, 2003
By now most people have heard of the new nightspot closing times:
All nightspots outside specified nightlife zones will have to shut at midnight, while there will be some exemptions inside the zones, of which Bangkok has three -- Patpong area, Ratchadapisek road and Royal City Avenue (RCA). (Bangkok Post)
In Bangkok, the zones designated for entertainment venues cover the Patpong area and New Phetchaburi and Ratchadaphisek Roads. (The Nation)
The scuttlebutt going around is that the earlier closing time also benefits vested interests who would like to develop nightspot areas entangled in multiple layers of leases. The new rules will make many nightspots nonviable and help encourage redevelopment of those areas.
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