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Thailand Begins to Reopen Bars, Pubs to Woo Back Tourists

  • Nightlife entertainment spots to reopen after more than a year
  • Thailand targets 1 million tourists a month in fourth quarter
A worker waits for customers outside a bar on Khaosan Road in Bangkok in February. 
A worker waits for customers outside a bar on Khaosan Road in Bangkok in February. Photographer: Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg
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Thailand will allow bars, pubs and karaoke clubs to reopen in some regions from next month, ending a more than a year-long shutdown, as the tourism-reliant nation targets more travelers to bolster an economic recovery amid an easing Covid outbreak.

Popular tourist destinations including Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Chonburi are among 31 provinces classified as green and blue zones where pubs, bars and karaoke lounges can serve alcohol to patrons until midnight from June 1, Rachada Dhnadirek, a government spokeswoman, said on Twitter on Friday after a meeting of the nation’s virus task force chaired by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha.