A Walking Street nightclub raided twice in the past year was busted again Tuesday with authorities now looking to close it permanently.
The Flexx Club, behind McDonald’s at the failed Soho Square complex at the southern end of Walking Street, was raided by Pattaya police around 4:30 a.m. March 27 with about 50 Thai and foreign patrons still drinking and dancing.
Pattaya police blocked all exits, segregated the customers by gender and checked their identification. The club manager was apprehended and charged with operating the venue without a valid license, selling alcoholic drinks beyond legal hours and staying open beyond the permitted time.
Flexx Club has been raided multiple times before, most recently at 3 a.m. on Dec. 3 and 5 a.m. on July 24 last year. A letter will now be forwarded to the Chonburi governor’s office calling for the permanent closure of the venue due to its repeated license violations.
In July’s raid, three people were arrested for drug use, and 33 shisha pipes and three kilograms of illegal Baraku tobacco were seized. The club was closed and reopened illegally without a permit, police said.