\I discovered that the majority of the bars and nightclubs in Bangkok at least are most likely to be closed on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16.
This is due to two important Buddhist holidays, namely Asarnha Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent Day. These are among the biggest Buddhist holidays on the Thai calendar and therefore, they are treated with high reverence.
It is a shame that this month, the government elections have coincided with two Buddhist holidays, because some bars will lose four nights revenue. It’s even more of a shame if you’ve come to Thailand to experience some of the legendary nightlife!
The majority of bars were ordered to close last year and it is thought that this year will be no exception to the rule. So, I thought I should inform you, so you and your friends will be aware of this Buddhist holiday. In particular, these bar closures (usually) apply rigorously to Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui. The only exception tends to be the Silom area in Bangkok (notably Patpong), which is controlled by Bangrak’s finest. The boys in brown down there are often more lenient than their counterparts in other districts of the Big Mango. Unfortunately, we cannot do anything about the bar closures on Buddhist holidays and government elections. The Thailand nightlife industry just has to learn to absorb it.
My advice is to go out, enjoy yourselves during the week, and consider making Thursday, July 14 your custom-made ‘Friday’ night. I will personally be enjoying the long weekend and may use it as an excuse to head south for some sun, surf and sand. Koh Chang and Koh Samet are both fairly close to Bangkok, cheap weekend excurisions and easy to get to.