A lot of things are to blame for the state of Bangkok politics, but you can’t blame it on the booze. Starting 6pm Saturday (May 21) until 6pm Sunday (May 22), Bangkok and Pattaya will be dry as they prepare to vote in their respective elections. 

Bangkok hasn’t elected a governor in a very, very long time, and Pattaya, which will be having its mayoral election, will also go alcohol free. This unwelcome news comes on the heels of last week’s Visakha Bucha Day alcohol prohibition. The election takes place on Sunday, with former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt favored to win.

Violators face up to six months in prison, a THB10,000 fine, or both, so you’re just going to have to stay home and crack open that bottle you’ve been saving for a rainy day.

Read more about how to survive Thailand’s alcohol laws in our latest issue.