Safety checks for Khao San nightspots

Safety checks for Khao San nightspots

Officials check the safety standard of entertainment venues on Khao San Road in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo: City Hall)
Officials check the safety standard of entertainment venues on Khao San Road in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo: City Hall)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is conducting safety inspections at Khao San Road night entertainment venues to increase tourist safety.

The move follows a fire earlier this month at the Mountain B pub in Chon Buri's Sattahip district that killed 19 people.

In Phra Nakhon district, the BMA has ordered the closure of a restaurant and pub on Khao San Road until it can improve its safety, while 11 others have been suspended as they didn't meet hygiene standards, Bangkok deputy governor Tavida Kamolvej said.

She said district officers have also been receiving complaints from residents about noise, hygiene and overcrowded Khao San Road pubs.

As people are often packed in night spots along Khao San Road, the BMA wanted to make sure that each venue has emergency exits with more than one entrance door, she said, adding that business owners must ensure that such exits are not obstructed in any way.

Street vendors in the surrounding area likewise need to ensure their stalls do not block building exits.

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  • block: to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else - ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
  • closure (noun): the shutting down of a school, factory or other business or service - การปิด
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การบ่น, ข้อที่ไม่พอใจ
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • hygiene: the degree to which people keep themselves or their environment clean, especially to prevent disease - สุขลักษณะ
  • obstruct: to make it difficult for something to happen or for someone to go somewhere - ขวางทาง
  • overcrowded (adj): with too many people or things in it - ซึ่งแออัดยัดเยียด
  • safety (n): the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury -
  • suspend: to stop for a period of time - ยกเลิกชั่วคราว, ระงับชั่วคราว
  • vendors: people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street - พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
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