September, 15 2022
Koh Samui Seeks Special Approval for Extended Alcohol Sales
Koh Samui seeking a special approval from the government to extend alcohol sales hours on the island. As a popular vacation destination for tourists who stay at the hotels or private villas, Koh Samui attracts a largen umber of foreign tourists who have different drinking habits. Currently, alcohol sales are strictly regulated in Thailand, with specific time frames from 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 12 am for sales.
Ratchaporn Poonsawat, the mayor of Koh Samui Tourism Promotion, argues that these restrictions do not align with the preferences of foreign tourists visiting the island. He suggests implementing a special rule for alcohol sales in popular tourist areas, such as Chaweng Beach or Lamai Beach, and extending entertainment venue licenses until 4 am. This would allow tourists to enjoy drinks after dining, which often occurs between 11 pm and midnight in Koh Samui.
The proposal has received support from Sports and TourismMinister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, who believes that these measures would aid the recovery of private villas, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues affected by the pandemic. In August, Phiphat raised the issue with the Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration, but there have been no updates thus far.
It's important to note that selling alcoholic beverages outside of approved hours carries penalties under the Alcohol Beverage Control Act. Violators may face fines of 5,000 baht and the revocation of their licenses for five years. The Liquor Act, Section 20, specifies additional penalties, including imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of up to 4,000baht. Therefore, any changes to the regulations would require special approval and careful consideration from the authorities.
Overall, extending alcohol sales hours in Koh Samui's tourist areas could potentially boost sales of both food and beverages, increase tips for staff, and contribute to the recovery of the hospitality industry on the island.
By Luxy samui