The top-ranking soldier on the island confirmed on Wednesday that the Army and the National Council for Peace and Order have no plans to crack down on the Patong nightlife industry.
“We haven’t even considered it,” Maj General Peerapol Wiriyakul said.
“We understand that Patong is a tourist destination, and we would prefer to just let the tourists enjoy their nightlife.
“We are fine allowing Patong officials to take care of the businesses. We will not interfere as long as the businesses are not harming anyone.”
Weerawit Krueasombut, president of the Patong Entertainment Business Association, was surprised to hear of reports that the Army was considering a nightlife crackdown.
“First of all, I haven’t heard any such rumours,” he said.
“I once sent a letter to the NCPO explaining that Patong is a tourist destination, and I believe they understand the nature of Patong’s nightlife.
“I firmly believe that the Army has no intention of causing any harm to Patong’s nightlife trade.”