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I am in no way much of a drinker but I do enjoy a cold beer on occasion and like to keep a box of Red Wine in the refrigerator (just to keep my cholesterol in check)...   All too often I find myself at Tesco buying groceries and pick up a fresh "box-o-wine", proceed to the check out register only to be told that alcohol sales are not allowed at this particular time of day!  How frustrating...    The alcohol sale hours make no sense to me and I never seem to remember the rules. 

Days and Times Alcohol can be bought in Thailand

You can buy alcohol between 1100 & 1400, and again between 1700 & midnight seven days per week. 


There are other sales restrictions which include all Buddhist holidays, election days as well as other days as directed by the Thai Government. 

This being said I have routinely found that small local stores more often than not will sell to you any time of day but they are either paying off the right police officer or risking a 10,000 baht fine and six months in prison...   

Most bars and restaurants will sell you drinks for consumption within their establishment at any time that they are open.

Please remember to drink responsibly and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!  It's not worth risking your life or the lives of others just to "have a good time"!  

One other word of caution is that it is not a good idea of taking "selfies" with your bottle of Chang or Leo and posting them on Social Media.  That could land you in jail here in Thailand...   


Alcohol Sales Hours "Thailand"

Thailand Emergency Phone Numbers

Emergency Phone Numbers

Thailand National Holidays

Date:        Holiday Name (with hyperlink)

Jan   1      New Year's Day

Feb 19     Makha Bucha

Apr   6     Chakri Day

Apr  13    Songkran (Thai New Year Festival)

Apr  14    Songkran (Thai New Year Festival)

Apr  15    Songkran (Thai New Year Festival)

Apr  16    Songkran (Thai New Year Festival)

Apr  29    Vesakha Bucha

May   1    Labor Day

May  13   National Ploughing Ceremony Day

Jul    16   Asalha Puja

Jul    17   Khao Phansa Day

Jul    28   King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday

Jul    28   Buddhist Lent Day

Jul    29   King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday Holiday

Aug  12   Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday

Oct   13   Passing of His Majesty the Late King

Oct   14   Passing of His Majesty the Late King (Holiday) 

Oct   23     Chulalongkorn Day

Dec    5     His Majesty the Late King's Birthday

Dec   10    Constitution Day

Dec   25    Christmas Day (not a national holiday)

Dec   31    New Year's Eve

During National Holidays Government Offices, Schools, Postal Service and Banks are closed.  For Buddhist holidays there is typically a ban on the sale of alcohol and most music/entertainment venues are closed (this varies between different regions of Thailand).

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