Nationwide Thai military curfew lifted

By Doug Newhouse |

The nationwide night curfew imposed on Bangkok since 22 May was lifted last Friday (13 June) by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), currently overseeing Thailand’s administration.This has been welcomed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which says that this marks a return to ‘normality’ for the country’s tourism industry.The evening/night (midnight to 04.00am) curfew had already been revoked in provinces and destinations popular with tourists, such as Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin, Cha-am and Phang-nga and the Tourism Authority of Thailand says it is not expecting any further curfews.Needless to say, the nationwide lifting of the curfew has been described as ‘good news for restaurants, entertainment venues and other tourism-related businesses, as well as Thailand’s tourism industry as a whole’.Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, “The nationwide lifting of the curfew shows the world that things are moving forward here in Thailand and that tourism has not been disrupted.“This latest announcement by the NCPO should help reassure everyone coming for a holiday in Thailand, or to enjoy the country’s shopping, dining and nightlife attractions, that it’s business as usual and that the famous Siamese smile has not dimmed.”

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