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Condo with up to "ten Arabs in a room" raided for illegal hotel operation in Sukhumvit Soi 11

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Condo with up to "ten Arabs in a room" raided for illegal hotel operation in Sukhumvit Soi 11

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BANGKOK: -- A condo manager in Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, faces charges after a swoop found that the 22 storey Soi 11 building was operating as an illegal hotel with "up to ten people in a room."

Officials found that most of those renting rooms daily and weekly were Arabs in Thailand for health tourism purposes. In twenty rooms they found nearly 100 people who had not been registered as guests with immigration reported Manager Online

The raid was undertaken by government administration officers, land department and revenue officials and Lumpini police after complaints were received that the Liberty Park 2 condominium was being used as a hotel.

Complainants said that they were suffering annoyance and lack of security. The building has a total of 137 units.

Juristic person manager Sakchai Nithiaphapphan, 67, had 48 units under his control in the building. The officials found that 20 were occupied with up to ten in a room and almost 100 people staying in total. They did not discover illegal visitors.

Sakchai admitted that he was responsible for looking after the building and said that most of the people in the units under his control were Arabs in Thailand taking advantage of cheaper health care than in their own coun tries. They were charged 500 baht per person per day and usually stayed for 2 to 7 days he said.

He added: "I have been doing this for decades - lots of other places do the same thing."

He admitted that he had not reported the presence of the visitors to immigration that is required under the law and intimated that this was due to the fact that unit owners wanted to avoid paying tax.

He was charged with not reporting foreigners who were staying in the building to immigration and operating as a hotel without a license and taken to Lumpini police station.

Source: Manager Online

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There goes Airbnb service, on the same route as Grab Bike and Uber...

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If they raid the condos on Soi 13, they would find they are operating as hotels for Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.

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The smell and noise emissions from the building must have been amazing.

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And the water bill would still have not been more than Bt.180 per month !!

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If they raid the condos on Soi 13, they would find they are operating as hotels for Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.

They may well have made precautionary "arrangements".

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500 baht per person daily ? you can get your own guesthouse room for that......fools

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There goes Airbnb service, on the same route as Grab Bike and Uber...

haha you wish . Airbnb and Uber bigger than you know!

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Why is this guy the one getting charged when its the unit owners asking for it, allowing it to happen, and avoiding tax?

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As many as 10 people per unit, at 500 baht per night. Some condo owner/manager was doing quite well...

But it kind of begs the question, if you were a wealthy person from an Arab country coming to Thailand for medical treatment, why in the world would you put up with that kind of accommodation?

On the other hand, if you were relatively poor and paying everything you had for treatment at a nearby expensive private hospital, I could see trying to minimize your accommodation expenses.

More high quality tourism at work???

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There goes Airbnb service, on the same route as Grab Bike and Uber...

haha you wish . Airbnb and Uber bigger than you know!

AirBNB may be big, know one is doubting that, but its possible owners of condo units in Thailand are breaking the law using the unit as a hotel, how many register their guest with immigration as they should?

Long thread about it here

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/762826-thai-condo-law-question/

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Ratcatcher............What a hilarious response to the article.... I cannot stop laughing...You sure brightened-up my day....cheesy.gifcheesy.gifcheesy.gifcheesy.gif

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The smell and noise emissions from the building must have been amazing.

Quite a racist post !

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As many as 10 people per unit, at 500 baht per night. Some condo owner/manager was doing quite well...

But it kind of begs the question, if you were a wealthy person from an Arab country coming to Thailand for medical treatment, why in the world would you put up with that kind of accommodation?

On the other hand, if you were relatively poor and paying everything you had for treatment at a nearby expensive private hospital, I could see trying to minimize your accommodation expenses.

More high quality tourism at work???

Exactly. They would've gone to India. Closer and a LOT cheaper. More kee kwai ..

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The smell and noise emissions from the building must have been amazing.

Quite a racist post !

i totally agree, but he could be c**rect.

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