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Latest information on what’s open and closed today and over the weekend

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If you were due to attend an event today or indeed over this coming week, best advice is to contact the venue first.

Most events that were due to be held this weekend have been cancelled, with some major events due to take place next week also cancelled.

Bars, restaurants and alcohol sales

Most bars and restaurants will be open, although some may decide to stay closed until after weekend.

For places that remain open it is likely will do so without music and may also choose not to serve alcohol, with the atmosphere understandably more subdued than normal.

However, alcohol sales are permitted, with the usual rules on the sale of alcohol applying – sales permitted 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 12am.

There will be no alcohol sales on Oct 16th as this is a Buddhist holiday, Wanok Phansa, the last day of lent.

Shopping Malls

All major shopping malls remain open. Many stores of Villa Market, Makro, Big C, Tesco Lotus and Gourmet Market are open.

Many local stores are open.

Major Cineplex is open but is showing reduced screenings. SF Cinema is closed.

Immigration, government offices, financial institutions, hospitals

Immigration offices throughout Thailand are closed on Friday – expected to re-open on Monday 17th.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand is open and trading as normal.

Banks are open.

All hospitals remain open. Most clinics remain open.

Other events

The Full Moon Party on October 17 has been cancelled, with unconfirmed reports that there will be no ‘moon’ parties on Koh Phangan for the whole 30 day mourning period.

The Morrissey Concert scheduled for Oct 18 has been cancelled.

The Book Expo which is being held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is open and will run as scheduled until Oct 24th.


If you are going out tonight or this weekend, please be aware this is an official period of mourning and you should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time and you should behave respectfully when in public areas; if possible, wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public; check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities.

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