Pattaya police and city officials conducted a citywide patrol yesterday, October 29th, to ensure that businesses complied with the no-alcohol sale policy during the end of Buddhist Lent Day.
Yesterday marked the end of Buddhist Lent Day. The end of Buddhist Lent Day refers to the conclusion of the Buddhist Lent, also known as Vassa or Khao Phansa. It is a three-month period during which Buddhist monks traditionally remain in their monasteries for intensive meditation and teaching.
The end of Buddhist Lent marks a significant religious observance, and in some regions, it may involve various traditions and ceremonies. The prohibition of alcohol consumption during this time is one such observance.
Around 9:30 PM, 40 Pattaya police officers and city authorities gathered to initiate a citywide patrol in Pattaya City. Their aim was to ensure that teenagers did not misbehave and that shops (excluding duty-free shops within the airport) did not sell alcohol from 00:01 to 24:00 on Saturday, October 28th, in accordance with the policy set forth by the Royal Thai Police.
According to The Pattaya News reporters, it appeared that most entertainment areas were relatively quiet, with bars deciding to close down for the day due to the alcohol ban.
The beach area, on the other hand, became much busier mostly with Thai tourists. Pattaya authorities also patrolled the beach to prevent people from engaging in misconduct. It was found that most people eagerly obeyed the law as nothing illegal was found.