Before your head down to Thailand for your next vacation, here is one thing that you need to know. If you are caught taking a selfie with your alcoholic drink, then you are in deep trouble. Thailand’s party life and street foods are bucket list worthy and must-do-before-you-die kind of experiences. But they can also get you fined.
As a Buddhist country, there are strict laws that try to curb the promotion of alcohol. These include the clubs and bars to be shut down at midnight and a sin tax that applies to cigarettes and booze, and if you take a picture with a drink and then post it to your social media account, that could actually be interpreted as advertising, according to Vogue.
Thailand’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, bans any images that “induce people to drink such alcoholic beverages, either directly or indirectly”, will put you in trouble if you are posting a photo of your drink on social media while on vacation. This could be interpreted as an endorsement of alcohol that could induce drinking. And you could be fined up to $1,500 dollars for that. Earlier this month few girls who work at a bar were arrested after they made a Facebook Live video inviting people to drop by for a beer promotion.
So, the next time you are in Thailand, make sure that you put away your phone before you start drinking!