Most tourists coming to Thailand want to let their hair down a little and enjoy a few tasty beers or other alcoholic beverages. However, you must be aware that in Thailand there are some strict rules regulating the times that convenience stores and other large shops can sell alcohol. This can ruin a good night out so it’s good to know the times – and workarounds!

The overall rule is that alcoholic beverages can only be sold during the hours of 11:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 00:00 (midnight) every day at stores and supermarkets. These times were introduced by the Prime Minister’s Office in 2015 and apply countrywide. There used to be an allowance for wholesale purchases of 10 litres or more but this has been abolished now. The fine for selling alcohol outside of these hours is up to 4,000 Baht and/or up to two years in prison.

Alcohol can be sold other times at international airport terminals and entertainment venues that have been legally registered. These are supposed to have strict rules that govern the sales, but it seems pretty liberal and you’ll be able to drink in most restaurants or bars at any time of the day, no problem with the exception of Buddhist holidays.

Buddhist Holidays

Makha Bucha  (February/March)

Visakha Bucha  (May/June)

Asahna Bucha  (July/early August)

Wan Khao Phansa  (July/early August)

Awk Phansa  (usually in October)

The fine for selling on these days is up to 10,000 Baht and/or up to six months in prison.


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