According to the findings of the recent Nida Poll survey, most Thai citizens oppose the government’s idea of extending the closing hours of the country’s nightlife from 2 AM to 4 AM.
The survey, conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration, known as Nida Poll, took place from October 17th to 19th. The findings were based on phone interviews with 1,310 Thai people nationwide, aged 20 and over, representing various levels of education, occupations, and incomes.
The survey aimed to gather the opinions of Thai people on the Ministry of Interior’s plan to extend the legal closing hours of entertainment venues by an additional two hours, allowing them to operate until 4 AM in an effort to stimulate the economy.
Released on October 22nd, the survey revealed that approximately 41.76% of the 1,310 respondents believed that nightlife venues should adhere to the existing closing time of 2 AM as it is not too late into the night. Conversely, only 23.66% said that they should be permitted to stay open until 4 AM, but strictly in areas popular with tourists.
Furthermore, 8.32% suggested that venues should close before 2 AM, and 4.35% stated that nighttime entertainment venues in Thailand should not exist at all. Meanwhile, 17.56% said entertainment venue closing times should be 4 AM throughout the country.
Among the respondents, however, a slight majority, or 55.65%, stated that they have never visited any nightspots, while the remainder reported doing so in the past.
Regarding the frequency of their visits over the past twelve months, 57.66% of those who had visited nightspots stated they had not gone at all in the past year. Meanwhile, 33.22% said they went occasionally, 4.13% visited once a month, 2.58% went once a week, 2.07% frequented three to five days a week, and 0.34% went every day.
When asked if they believed that extending the operating hours for nightspots would boost tourism revenue during the economic downturn, 54.43% of all respondents expressed doubt, while 44.27% believed it would. The remaining 1.30% either did not have an opinion or were not interested.