Shisha Banned In All Pattaya Bars & Nightclubs

Published on 6th June 2015 by Stickboy BKK

The Banglamung District Licensing Division have issued a circular stating that sales and use of shisha in all Pattaya bars and nightclubs is banned, effective immediately.

The letter, marked as “Urgent”, is dated 29th May 2015 but was only distributed on Friday and states that all entertainment venues cannot sell shisha under any circumstances and that any bar owner caught breaking the law faces a prison sentence of up to 5 years and/or a fine of up to 500,000 baht.

It also states any bar owner deemed responsible for the death or any other serious incident related to the sale or use of Shisha on their premises could face a jail sentence of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to 1 million baht.

Shisha Sales Banned In All Pattaya Bars

Interestingly, the Chief of Banglamung District also warns that any police protection offered to bars will not save the owner from prosecution, and any police officers offering such protection are to be reported immediately to the Licensing Unit.

This news will come as a blow to the nightlife industry as shisha is an easy money-maker for pubs and clubs. Often the shisha is supplied to the bars as an all-in-one service on a revenue split basis with the bar having no work to do other than take their cut at the end of the night.

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