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Political Situation

Constitutional Referendum – 7 August

As most are probably aware, Thailand has been run by a military appointed government since a coup in May 2014. Under this government the country has been tightly controlled and political dissent and protest restricted. This Sunday, 7 August, will see a national referendum to approve a new constitution. This is an important issue within Thailand as not all are in agreement with the new constitution. In Chiang Mai there have already been some politically charged incidents in the run up to the referendum. This is not a political website so we won’t go into details.

The UK Government provided the following Foreign Travel Advice for Thailand : A referendum on the Thai constitution is due to take place on 7 August 2016. Political tensions are likely to increase leading up to, and during the polls. You should avoid political gatherings and monitor the advice of local authorities and local media. Certain restrictions, such as on the sale of alcohol, may be imposed at this time. You should observe local laws at all times.

It is understood that, under electoral laws, the sale of alcohol will be banned from 6 p.m. on Saturday 6 August until midnight on Sunday 7th August. If you are planning a visit to Chiang Mai next weekend be aware that most bars and entertainment venues will likely be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Some Restaurants maybe open but not selling alcohol.

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