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Billion baht luxury villa on Samui doesn't have a hotel license

 

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Thai authorities descended on a luxury villa yesterday after complaints that it was operating as a hotel without a license and not paying tax. 

 

The property is a set of 23 individual villas on 70 rai of land on Cherng Mon hill in Bo Phut. The five star facility is worth a billion baht, reported Naew Na and was built in 2011. 

 

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Rentals go for 30,000 to 130,000 a night. 

 

Each villa is separately owned and the whole property is run by a company like a hotel with a percentage of the profits going to the owners. 

 

The manager of the company running the business will be further interviewed today after a raid by military, protection agencies and customs yesterday. 

 

Complaints had been received by the hoteliers' association on the holiday island that the facility was unfairly impacting their members and the economy by not having a license and not paying the required amount of tax for a hotel. 

 

Source: Naew Na

 

 

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Some serious tax is being avoided if the daily rental prices are true.

One big brown envelope is needed to get out of this.

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looks like hotel assoc. trying to shut down villa rentals on the island. begs the question though do any hotels there provide luxury 4+ bedroom villas to rent? because totally different demographic and unlikely to drive their customers to them and in fact could be construed as detrimental to samui?

 

i mean hard to market yourself as a luxury boutique island if dont have luxury boutique accomodation! (and no, a hotel room doesnt cut it at this level lol)

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So all the other hotels combined on the Island are losing 23 nightly rentals between them ? Pretty small ' impacting '.

 

Still....wrong is wrong. Get  a license and pay taxes. 

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18 minutes ago, Denim said:

So all the other hotels combined on the Island are losing 23 nightly rentals between them ? Pretty small ' impacting '.

 

Still....wrong is wrong. Get  a license and pay taxes. 

Not possible to get a hotel license for this. 

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4 hours ago, wendyfromoz said:

why is the military still policing the country after a post coup election.

 

Unless your question is rhetorical, Google RTP and you'll have an answer!

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6 hours ago, nev said:

Some serious tax is being avoided if the daily rental prices are true.

One big brown envelope is needed to get out of this.

Not sure envelopes are going to cut on this case, even A2 envelopes will not meet the need, think cake boxes, wedding cake boxes.

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6 hours ago, Denim said:

So all the other hotels combined on the Island are losing 23 nightly rentals between them ? Pretty small ' impacting '.

 

Still....wrong is wrong. Get  a license and pay taxes. 

Try looking at the larger picture.

 

If you knew anything at all about Samui, you would know that there are thousands of villas offering accommodation, with hundreds more under construction.

 

They have a very large impact on the hotel business on the island. Hotels are empty and villas are not.

 

Your last line is 100% correct though. Well said.

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1 hour ago, Baerboxer said:

 

Unless your question is rhetorical, Google RTP and you'll have an answer!

To expand a bit:

  • Officials and police may at any time descend on the hotel premises to check its license status. If the hotel manager can’t provide evidence showing that the hotel has permission to operate, he is questioned at the local police station, charged with illegally running a hotel and warned that if the hotel continued with its services an arrest would be made.
  • Illegal hoteliers are subject to a jail sentence for up to one year and a fine of up to THB 20,000. They can also be fined THB 10,000 daily if they continue to run their business illegally.

https://pugnatorius.com/hotel-license/

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1 hour ago, brain150 said:

What has a villa in common with a hotel ?

... just because it is rented out doesn't make it a hotel.

Information on this is not consistent and is confusing.

 

There are a number of different types of licence that one can apply for. I wonder if it is lazy reporting and the headline should read

"Billion baht luxury villa on Samui doesn't have a villa/pool license"

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