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'The coup helps to maintain order'

May 24, 2014 - 1:03am

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PHOTO: PRAPATSARA RONGRAUNG

The sizzling Thai clubbing scene has turned tepid as the military-imposed 10pm to 5am curfew has taken the life out of nightlife.

Full-time national servicemen Leong Ying Yao, 22, who is on holiday in Bangkok with four friends, was hoping to go clubbing, but changed his plans on Thursday night.

The group went to Baiyoke Sky Hotel — the tallest building in the city — to soak in the night views. “The lobby and top of tower were all heavily guarded by armed soldiers, but they were friendly, and we even took a selfie together,” said Mr Leong. Singaporean businessman Francis Teo, 33, who has been living in Bangkok for two years with his wife and child, said some things have actually improved.

After the coup, the army banned public gatherings of five or more people.

Mr Teo said:”With or without protests going on, the traffic in Bangkok is notorious. But traffic has gotten smoother because the protesters have been dispersed.”

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