Pattaya expat bar raided for ignoring shut-down order

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Banglamung officials raided a Jomtien Beach bar where expats carried on drinking as if there was no pandemic, disregarding the area’s shutdown order. The bar was mostly full with local foreign expats and their Thai wives and girlfriends.

Banglamung officials raided a Jomtien Beach bar where expats carried on drinking as if there was no pandemic, disregarding the area’s shutdown order.

Deputy District Chief Pornchai Sangeid and a team of enforcement officers shut down J Bar Pattaya, a beer bar its manager insisted was a restaurant, although no food was being served late Jan. 1.




The bar was mostly full with local foreign expats and their Thai wives and girlfriends. The operator was arrested and charged with violating Chonburi’s shutdown order.

The owner faces a fine of 10,000 baht and/or a year in prison.

The operator was arrested and charged with violating Chonburi’s shutdown order. The owner faces a fine of 10,000 baht and/or a year in prison.



Despite the arrests, Damrongkiat Pinitkarn, Secretary of the Pattaya Entertainment and Tourism Industrial Association, insisted that most enterprises are cooperating. (file photo)



As of Jan. 2, Chonburi was announced as one of the 28 red zone provinces under strict control.