Will some of Thailand’s most popular hotspots ever come back to life? It looks like bars and beach parties will never restart as these photos reveal dark streets and deserted beaches.
Last week’s Full Moon Party was canceled after initially getting the green light from Koh Pha Ngan police, after enforcing Covid’s current restriction regime that made any sort of ‘party’ impossible.
From the photos we can see an empty Haad Rin beach with people avoiding what was to be the first Full Moon Party on the island since March 2020. Rumors of 300 to 400 people showing up to celebrate a Full Moon October Friday night parties were clearly wrong.
Then there’s Bangla Road in Patong, Phuket, captured on video Friday night, again completely empty and devoid of tourists or any activity. Bars have been closed around Thailand since the start of the third wave of the coronavirus in April 2021.
It is clear in both sets of photos and videos that bar owners and patrons have fully obeyed all aspects of the Covid-19 restrictions.
But don’t worry, there is light at the end of the Covid restriction tunnel with ongoing demands in tourist areas for a lift of the alcohol ban that could allow bars to reopen. Certainly, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made it clear that he wants Thai bars and nightlife to open by December 1, in time for peak season and the traditionally busy Christmas holiday traffic. and New Years.
Any suggestion that the enforcement of the alcohol ban has been lax is patently incorrect.
VIDEO: A deserted and dark Bangla Road on Friday night.