Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Kathu District Chief Jirawat Namatra issued an ultimatum to illegal hotel operators after locals and members of the business community filed complaints about unlicenced hotels operating in Patong.

In February, more than a thousand unlicensed hotels applied for registration as hotels after a two-month ultimatum was issued at the end of November last year by then Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan (story here).

“We inspected the 'Boomerang Hotel' and 'Capitano Hotel' in Patong on Wednesday and found that that they were operating without a hotel business licence,” said Mr Jirawat.

Both owners were charged for illegally operating a hotel business. The case is being followed up by the Phuket Provincial Administration Office.

“We want hotel owners to be 100 per cent transparent in their operations. Administration officials will continue to crack down on any hotels operating illegally,” said the chief.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Given the names of the two locations above, one might assume that they have foreign owners. Nice to see the law being applied 'equally' given the number of Thai-run places. Rule number one in business over here: Don't upset the locals or be too successful. It's a world of hurt. Now if they would only address the illegally rented condos rented out for less than 30 days, I might finally get rid of my noisy neighbours!

Posted by Mister Ree May 19, 2017 06:48:45PM

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Given the names of the two locations above, one might assume that they have foreign owners. Nice to see the law being applied 'equally' given the number of Thai-run places. Rule number one in business over here: Don't upset the locals or be too successful. It's a world of hurt. Now if they would only address the illegally rented condos rented out for less than 30 days, I might finally get rid of my noisy neighbours!

Posted by Mister Ree

Agree - the law should be applied to foreigners every bit as rigorously as it is to Thais. As for your Rule Number One for a foreigner owning and operating a business here, mine is different. Be legal; don't own more than 49%. Then your business will be majority Thai owned, and, as such, immune to the persecution of 'foreigners' that you impute to Thais.

Posted by Henry Bevans May 19, 2017 08:38:37PM

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Two have been closed within the last 3 months, out of a total of 1,355 illegal establishments in Phuket such as hotels, resorts, guesthouses, condominiums, apartments and mansions. My god, so the Thai administration will need hundreds of years to close all of them without forgetting the new ones opening every month. Hopeless.

Posted by Asterix May 19, 2017 10:23:48PM

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Two have been closed within the last 3 months, out of a total of 1,355 illegal establishments in Phuket such as hotels, resorts, guesthouses, condominiums, apartments and mansions. My god, so the Thai administration will need hundreds of years to close all of them without forgetting the new ones opening every month. Hopeless.

Posted by Asterix

Agree - hopeless. Guess the whole thing was just a 'tough-talk' PR exercise. No bite - totally impotent. Why are they always so afraid to actually enforce laws here? Truly a joke.

Posted by Norman Clayton May 20, 2017 09:14:13AM

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Anywhere to check whether a business has since applied for a license? I also have annoying neighbors running a hotel / mosquito farm / rat farm that was not on the list published here last.

Posted by Tinkerbell May 20, 2017 01:14:41PM

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Anywhere to check whether a business has since applied for a license? I also have annoying neighbors running a hotel / mosquito farm / rat farm that was not on the list published here last.

Posted by Tinkerbell

This is a very good question. Please find out and let us know, PG. If the police are not doing their job, perhaps the many offended residents and legitimate (licensed) hotels can.

Posted by Jens Andersen May 21, 2017 09:59:35AM

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Anywhere to check whether a business has since applied for a license? I also have annoying neighbors running a hotel / mosquito farm / rat farm that was not on the list published here last.

Posted by Tinkerbell

This is a very good question. Please find out and let us know, PG. If the police are not doing their job, perhaps the many offended residents and legitimate (licensed) hotels can.

Posted by Jens Andersen May 21, 2017 09:59:35AM

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Anywhere to check whether a business has since applied for a license? I also have annoying neighbors running a hotel / mosquito farm / rat farm that was not on the list published here last.

Posted by Tinkerbell May 20, 2017 01:14:41PM

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Two have been closed within the last 3 months, out of a total of 1,355 illegal establishments in Phuket such as hotels, resorts, guesthouses, condominiums, apartments and mansions. My god, so the Thai administration will need hundreds of years to close all of them without forgetting the new ones opening every month. Hopeless.

Posted by Asterix

Agree - hopeless. Guess the whole thing was just a 'tough-talk' PR exercise. No bite - totally impotent. Why are they always so afraid to actually enforce laws here? Truly a joke.

Posted by Norman Clayton May 20, 2017 09:14:13AM

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Two have been closed within the last 3 months, out of a total of 1,355 illegal establishments in Phuket such as hotels, resorts, guesthouses, condominiums, apartments and mansions. My god, so the Thai administration will need hundreds of years to close all of them without forgetting the new ones opening every month. Hopeless.

Posted by Asterix May 19, 2017 10:23:48PM

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Given the names of the two locations above, one might assume that they have foreign owners. Nice to see the law being applied 'equally' given the number of Thai-run places. Rule number one in business over here: Don't upset the locals or be too successful. It's a world of hurt. Now if they would only address the illegally rented condos rented out for less than 30 days, I might finally get rid of my noisy neighbours!

Posted by Mister Ree

Agree - the law should be applied to foreigners every bit as rigorously as it is to Thais. As for your Rule Number One for a foreigner owning and operating a business here, mine is different. Be legal; don't own more than 49%. Then your business will be majority Thai owned, and, as such, immune to the persecution of 'foreigners' that you impute to Thais.

Posted by Henry Bevans May 19, 2017 08:38:37PM

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Given the names of the two locations above, one might assume that they have foreign owners. Nice to see the law being applied 'equally' given the number of Thai-run places. Rule number one in business over here: Don't upset the locals or be too successful. It's a world of hurt. Now if they would only address the illegally rented condos rented out for less than 30 days, I might finally get rid of my noisy neighbours!

Posted by Mister Ree May 19, 2017 06:48:45PM

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