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BANGKOK 17 June 2019 13:37
webfact

Frenchman arrested for running unlicensed hotel on Koh Samui

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I think the real issue is; was he running a legal hotel with all the required permits and papers, or trying to do something 'under the radar'?
 
I have met too many ex-pats who think that in Thailand it is easier to take to 'unofficial route' in business, and then complain when they are caught out.
 
How easy is it to get a Hotel licence?
He wasn't, he transformed random villas into hotels without permits, prolly not even having a work permit for that stuff... Who knows.


It's damn hard and takes a looong time to get a hotel license tho, especially for already existing buildings as they don't comply to hotel laws.

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4 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

Now can we have all the Thai owners arrested for running Hotels without a license; that should fill the cells up pretty quickly !

RIGHT!  but great idea.

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2 hours ago, parallaxtech said:

I live on Chaweng Mountain and many of the villas/houses are rented daily/weekly/monthly on Airbnb.  The few of us who live here all year have to put up with loud parties until 6:00 am, idiots parking in our driveway, and motorcycles roaring up and down the mountain at all hours.  Are the police just being paid off or is there anything I can do?

Pay off the BIB. no other way

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2 hours ago, parallaxtech said:

Are the police just being paid off or is there anything I can do?

Local Thais at Samui says about suspect business – hotel, rental, whatever – that one should report it to "the soldiers"; that seems also to be what the news story said...😉

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The arrest was made after police, Army troops and district officials jointly checked luxury villas on top of a mountain in Ban Bang Por in Tambon Mae Nam on May 14. The raid followed complaints by operators of legal hotels on the vacation island that some foreign businessmen were providing illegal accommodation on the island.

 

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I saw the 5 buildings on the news,it looked like they had all just been completed,swimming pools etc,they looked quite nice !
I wonder what will happen to them now.


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First it was unlimited  border runs. The it came crackdown on tourists visas. Then retirees (who were ironically cheering against those filthy backpackers) were targeted with new seasoning rules. Soon health insurance. Now it's TM30.

 

Next: Arrogant Farangs who still think they own a house in Thailand.

 

Yes, this next crackdown is coming like it or not. 

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

Police later learned that he planned to fly from the island to Suvarnabhumi Airport on Tuesday and intended to leave the country, so they obtained and executed an arrest warrant from the Samui Court.

You can run but you can't hide. Samui is a relatively small island after all.  

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57 minutes ago, Pravda said:

First it was unlimited  border runs. The it came crackdown on tourists visas. Then retirees (who were ironically cheering against those filthy backpackers) were targeted with new seasoning rules. Soon health insurance. Now it's TM30.

 

Next: Arrogant Farangs who still think they own a house in Thailand.

 

Yes, this next crackdown is coming like it or not. 

 Not sure about rest of Thailand but Pattaya confirmed next round is in the coming months is restaurants, stalls and anything else selling food or drinks without a license , hotels again without hotel license and businesses with nominee shareholders , ie pretty much every company that has a foreigner in it .

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 Not sure about rest of Thailand but Pattaya confirmed next round is in the coming months is restaurants, stalls and anything else selling food or drinks without a license , hotels again without hotel license and businesses with nominee shareholders , ie pretty much every company that has a foreigner in it .
That's great.

Hope they force foreigners to dump their shares in SET listed public companies too, can't wait to have my first asian finacial crisis.




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