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Alcohol sale ban at airports on Buddhist holidays to be lifted

Thailand will lift the ban on alcohol sales on five Buddhist holidays at certain airports to boost tourism. Discussions are underway regarding lifting the ban on trains and nationally.

Alcohol Ban Lifted on Buddhist Holidays at Thai Airports

Thailand’s National Alcoholic Beverage Policy Committee has decided to lift the ban on alcohol sales during five Buddhist holidays at various airports across the country. The airports include Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang in Bangkok, as well as airports in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, and Hat Yai. The holidays affected by the lift are Visakha Bucha, Makha Bucha, Asahna Bucha, Buddhist Lent, and the end of Buddhist Lent.

Committee Considers Economic and Health Aspects

Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit, who chaired the committee’s meeting, stated that the decision to lift the ban is aimed at boosting the tourism economy. While the exact date for the ban lift was not specified, discussions are underway regarding the ban on trains and at railway stations in collaboration with the State Railways of Thailand. The committee is considering both health and tourism aspects to strike a balance between economic benefits and potential health impacts. Additionally, the government is reviewing the long-standing nationwide ban on alcohol sales between 2pm and 5pm.

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