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Drinking laws!

Posted by scarletina on 23/3/2009 at 07:10

Hiya! Just wondering about the underage drinking laws in thailand, i'm off there by myself and i'm only eighteen and I just learned the drinking age is actually twenty, so was curious to see how strict things are over there, whether I could actually get away with getting into the bars and stuff. I'm off there anyways in two weeks, boozing or no boozing! But yeah, any info would be much appreciated. Cheers.

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Posted by Thaiman on 23/3/2009 at 14:35

Things are not strict at all and I would'nt worry about it one little bit.

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Posted by cubedweller on 23/3/2009 at 20:55

The actual drinking age in Thailand is 20, true, but in practice this only applies to Thais. I have traveled with my younger cousin and his friend (one was 17, the other 18) and never once were they asked for IDs. On the other hand, I have seen many younger Thais turned away.

Don't worry about it. Have fun :)

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Posted by sirhalberd on 23/3/2009 at 21:53

You can probably buy drinks but the problem may be if you get wasted and troublesome you end up in a Thai jail or worse if you are a female.

So, if you behave yourself you will probably get away with it. Don't trust anyone who gets too friendly - male or female - with your unattended drink.

I am an old fart now and I always ask what the price will be before I order a drink in a new place. I check the little receipt that they put in the container on the bar to see if they are overcharging me. Check your bar tabs, if you get soused they may slip a couple more in and you wouldn't know the difference.

Cheapest beer is from supermarkets and Seven Eleven type stores. Next will probably be side walk cafes (like on Sukhumvit Road) and beer bars. Most expensive will be nightclubs.

If you are a female be careful who you meet up with in a bar, they could slip you a roofie, if you get wasted they won't have to! And then 9 months later you have another surprise!

Be careful.

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Posted by MADMAC on 9/6/2009 at 12:46

I've been to several clubs where they do card people - like the Bed Supper Club (which I hated anyway). Bars on the other hand, I've never seen anyone get carded. My son goes all over the place and he's never had anyone check his ID.

I double what Lord Halberd says: Don't get so drunk you don't know what you're doing or you are asking for trouble. If you're a woman, either drink very close to your hotel room or better yet do it in the company of friends, and still don't lose your self control. Bangkok is lots of fun, but it attracts plenty of weirdos too.

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Posted by dageshi on 9/6/2009 at 13:52

yeah if your 18 your not going to have any worries I don't think. But drinking in a group is generally a good idea, (find yourself the most popular guesthouse in town, stay there, instant friends within 5 minutes).

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