Tourism Leaders Ask Phuket Governor to Lift Curfew

Bars in Patong's Soi Bangla walking street have been hit by the coup curfew. Photo by


PHUKET — Patong nightlife business leaders will be meeting Phuket Governor Maitree Intrusud tomorrow to seek the lifting of the midnight curfew which they say is strangling their low-season flow of tourists and income.

''Phuket has no serious crime and it's hundreds of kilometres from Bangkok, where all the problems have been,'' said the President of the Entertainment Association of Patong, Weerawit Kuresombut. He claimed the earlier 10pm curfew was ''worse than a tsunami.''

''People don't understand that there are direct flights to Phuket and it is quite different to Bangkok,'' he said. ''This applies especially to first-time travellers, who are being scared off for no good reason.''



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