Buddhist Beer Ban Botches ‘Buri Boozeup


Yesterday our excitement about the opening fixture of the 2017 T1 season, at home to Ratchaburi, was somewhat dampened when Thai Port Importz member Danny Crack pointed out that the date – 11 February – is Makha Bucha day, one of the most sacred dates on the Buddhist calendar. Which, as any expert on alcohol availability in the Land of Smiles will tell you, means…NO BOOZE.

Last time a Port home game fell on a ‘dry’ day, I remember there being beers being discreetly sold under the table, but these were limited in quantity and ran out by half time. So, by way of public service, we’re giving you advance notice that beer will be in short supply on the opening day and that those of you who want a pre-match Leo or several, ie every single person reading this sentence, should act like boy scouts and be prepared.


Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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