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The Thai Minister of Tourism questions the current alcohol ban in Thailand from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m

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Thailand’s tourism minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakan, admitted to Thai media yesterday that he had no idea why drinking alcohol is banned in the kingdom from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

He told the editors of Thai Rath that it seems “like you are kidding yourself” about reality.

“What is this for?” he insisted. “It is not the case that the notorious drinkers do not have a bottle on hand.

After meeting with people in the tourism industry yesterday, Pipat will propose new rules for dining at restaurants in tourist areas so they can serve alcohol all day long. He said this would ideally be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. or even midnight.

He plans to raise the matter with Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda and Deputy Health Minister Sathit Pitudecha in the cabinet.

The application is specifically related to 7 tourist provinces that had been declared light blue zones and possibly 19 other light blue provinces.

Whether the minister can change that remains to be seen, as will the nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol in supermarkets and 7-Eleven during three o’clock in the afternoon.

This has been in effect in Thailand for many years, but no one, not even the minister, seems to understand why it is so.

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