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Buddhist holiday on July 23?

  • gregmccann1

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    I've been told that July 23rd is a Buddhist holiday in Thailand. This also happens to be the day that I arrive in Thailand for a short (6 day) trip. I can go a day without beer, no problem (sort of), but...the FIRST DAY? No beer on my arrival day? Haven't been to Thailand in a year and I am very happy to be coming back and I wanted to celebrate. And now I hear that the sale of alcohol will be banned on that day. Are there any places that will sell it anyway?

    #1 Posted: 12/7/2013 - 12:23

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  • LeonardCohe-
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    There's always places that sell under the table.

    #2 Posted: 12/7/2013 - 12:49

  • exacto

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    What about the duty-free on arrival shops? Can you buy a beer or three there and maybe a bag of ice when you arrive? As I remember, even when the 7-11's and bars aren't selling beer, often times sit-down restaurants are. Or as Leonard suggests.....

    #3 Posted: 12/7/2013 - 13:52

  • gregmccann1

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    I thought that Duty Free only sold whiskey and vodka (which I'm not so fond of -I love beer). I almost never stop in to have a look around Duty Free shops, but I will do so this time. Thanks.

    #4 Posted: 13/7/2013 - 03:29

  • Captain_Bob

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    The 23rd is Khao Phansa day, the start of Buddhist Lent and officially a no-booze day for locals, BUT anyone with the will and way gets hold of a few bottles. Bars are strictly prohibited from selling, but hotels are specifically exempt, so your lobby level fridge will likely supply. Or grab some at the airport on your way in and chill with ice at the hotel balcony. Shwing!

    #5 Posted: 13/7/2013 - 03:41

  • gregmccann1

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    Thanks for the info Captain Bob. Feeling better about this now.

    #6 Posted: 13/7/2013 - 09:37

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