Connect with us


Kathu Chief moves to close Safari Pub permanently



Kathu Chief moves to close Safari Pub permanently | Thaiger

PATONG: Kathu District Chief Khantee Silapa will ask Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit to order the permanent closure of Safari Pub as the venue has been caught repeatedly trading after hours, most recently early Friday morning.

Chief Khantee told the Gazette, “I have ordered the police to watch the Safari Pub closely and to not allow it to reopen. This will be an example to other entertainment venues in Phuket that the government is serious about this problem.”

Police arrested the manager of Safari Pub, charging him for trading after hours, Chief Khantee said, adding that the usual punishment for bars trading after hours is 30 to 60 days’ closure.

“Entertainment venues caught operating without a license will be closed and not allowed to reopen until they get a license,” he added.

“We have warned many entertainment venues for trading after hours or not having licenses, but they are still open. Police are doing the best they can with this problem. Police arrest the owners, but they earn a lot of income from this kind of business so they don’t want to close.

“Not having enough police and officials adds to the problem, allowing bar owners to re-open,” he said.

Passawut Sukban, 33, owner of Safari Pub, told the Gazette, that the venue is operating as usual because it has yet to be ordered closed. “We have not closed, and even last night [April 30] we were open.

“If they want to arrest people for keeping clubs open later than allowed, police could arrest owners and managers from almost every entertainment spot in Patong.

“I admit that we were open later than allowed by law, and that we are supposed to close at 1 am, but if all the entertainment here shuts at 1 am that means we can’t do business.

“It is well known that we are an entertainment place and we do not have any naughty shows, prostitution or drugs.

“The Governor’s policies should stick to the illegal lottery, gambling and stripper shows, instead of the times we can entertain,” K. Passawut said.

Chief Khantee said that about 60 entertainment businesses in Kathu District have applied for licenses since the police began their crackdown.

The move to close the well-known Safari Pub follows a meeting of the Phuket Provincial Security Committee on Thursday, when Gov Niran said, “Regarding bars or entertainment venues that stay open after hours or don’t have licenses – I want the police and officials to crack down by closing the ones that have been warned many times but are still open.

“There is no need to worry about who is connected with the business,” he said.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Eastern Thailand11 hours ago

German man believed to have monkeypox briefly fled police

Thailand12 hours ago

New app to help migrant women in Thailand facing abuse

Cambodia13 hours ago

Nigerian man recovers from monkeypox, handed to Cambodian authorities

Sponsored3 days ago

The return of the most important coffee event in Thailand

World14 hours ago

Unusually heavy floods in Pakistan kill 549, thousands of homes damaged

Thailand14 hours ago

How to get the Thailand Elite Visa?

Transport15 hours ago

BTS is offering a free ride… with your mom

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok15 hours ago

Fire at Energy Ministry’s compound in Bangkok

Phuket16 hours ago

2 meth busts in Phuket this past week

Politics16 hours ago

NIDA Poll: PM Prayut should not extend term after August 24

Chon Buri18 hours ago

Mountain Pub fire: 15 victims dead, owner arrested, club uninsured

Chon Buri18 hours ago

Police transferred, safety measures enacted in wake of Mountain B fire

Bangkok19 hours ago

Bangkok taxi driver who snapped himself raping teen gets jailed

Video19 hours ago

Building a $100mil business in Thailand feat. Michael Kenner | Thaiger Podcast Ep. 1

Tourism20 hours ago

Major jump in Thailand Airbnb searches

Economy20 hours ago

Thailand’s hotels are short on workers

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11