The nationwide nighttime curfew that was in place in Thailand since May 22 has been lifted.
The announcement from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), currently overseeing Thailand’s administration, has been welcomed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), as it marks a return to normality for the country’s tourism industry.
The nighttime curfew had already gradually been revoked in provinces and destinations popular with tourists, such as Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin, Cha-am and Phang-nga, ensuring that visitors to the kingdom would not be inconvenienced and would be free to sample Thailand’s attractions.
The lifting of the midnight to 4 a.m. curfew has been expected for some time as the situation in the country is calm and everyday life is going on as normal for tourists, as well as local residents. It is not expected that any further curfews will be imposed so visitors can continue to enjoy their stays.
The lifting of the curfew is also good news for restaurants, entertainment venues and other tourism-related businesses, as well as Thailand’s tourism industry as a whole.
Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT governor said, “The nationwide lifting of the curfew shows the world that things are moving forward here in Thailand and that tourism has not been disrupted. This latest announcement by the NCPO should help reassure everyone coming for a holiday in Thailand or to enjoy the country’s shopping, dining and nightlife attractions that it’s business as usual and that the famous Siamese smile has not dimmed.”