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Crackdown on illegal hotels in Hua Hin with "mafia" connections

 

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HUA HIN: -- Local officials in Hua Hin said they are cracking down on illegal hotels in the city owned by foreign investors linked to the "mafia", reported Daily News.

 

Raided yesterday by Hua Hin district officials backed up by a contingent of soldiers and police was the three story Palada Residence Bar and Restaurant in Naretdamri Road near Hua Hin beach.

 

The raid followed complaints to the government watchdog Damrongtham Center that the hotel was running without a license.

 

The raiding party found Patcharaporn Khongpetch, 30, in charge. She was said be the wife of a foreign man who is the real owner.

 

She said the property had been open for business for a year after they took over from a previous owner.

 

A charge was made of operating illegally without a license.

 

A representative of the Hua Hin authority said that several complaints had been made to Damrongtham about shady foreign investors connected to the mafia running hotels in town.

 

More raids are to be expected, he said.

 

Source: Daily News

 
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Get Real    1,611

Why would something be connected to the mafia, just because an operating license is missing? The most probable is that the owners just saw the need of more hotels and guesthouses. After that decided to run as long as possible under the radar, as seems to be the general idea of running a business in Thailand.

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ezzra    18,986

Before going out to look for ' mafia connections ' there are dozens and

dozens of hotels that are operation without a hotel license, thus not

under the control of agencies that are suppose to regulate and safe

guard guests and workers of said hotels....

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diehard60    1,014

Hua Hin? try pataya, phuket, and maybe chiang mai or chiang rai.

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pcliff069    95

Mafia seems to be a generic name for any world criminal (or taxi) organisation

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Jerry787    25

Hotels to operate either must have business license or be covered by local officials, otherwise they will be shut down the next day.

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Moti24    553
32 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Complete and utter nonsense. Connected to the mafia, because they do not have a license? What hotel operates without a license? Either someone has an ax to grind, or this is just another sensationalist binge on nationalism. Foreigner this, and foreigner that. Yes, we are responsible for nearly everything wrong with the country, and very, very few Thai people create problems. They are all such angels. Very few would break the law over money. 

 

For reasons like this, Thailand is developing a poor reputation around the world. People find it hard to take the government and the authorities seriously, when they start in on these churlish, and immature diatribes. Someone does not have a license, you do something about it. But, you do not create reports about foreigners connected to the local mafia. And if you do, why not discuss the local mafia, instead of one guy who is supposedly breaking the law?

 

Just the mere mention of the silly word mafia, is intended to create a smokescreen, blur the discussion, and drum up local support for this ridiculous campaign. Nincompoops. Airheads. Nitwits. 

" What hotel operates without a license? "

 

Quite a few actually, according to Bangkok's BiB, during their continuous raids.

 

Other than that, you've pretty well summed it up.

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KenKadz    228

The negligence, (intentional or not), by the licensing agencies and/or authorities in Thailand is amazing.

The amounts of money that could be available to local governments through proper control of licenses might even be enough to rebuild a beach.

 

One Walking Street disco in Pattaya was checked for an owner and license by police, during an altercation between employees and customers.

It turned out that no one knew who the current owner was. There had been six or seven owners since the business was issued a license. And the current license was expired.

 

Another bar ran foul of the law and had it's license in the farang owners name revoked.

No problem the farang's wife received a new license, for the bar under the same name, within a couple of days.

 

These are not uncommon incidents as there appears to be no control of licensing by the city authorities!

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1 hour ago, KenKadz said:

The negligence, (intentional or not), by the licensing agencies and/or authorities in Thailand is amazing.

The amounts of money that could be available to local governments through proper control of licenses might even be enough to rebuild a beach.

 

One Walking Street disco in Pattaya was checked for an owner and license by police, during an altercation between employees and customers.

It turned out that no one knew who the current owner was. There had been six or seven owners since the business was issued a license. And the current license was expired.

 

Another bar ran foul of the law and had it's license in the farang owners name revoked.

No problem the farang's wife received a new license, for the bar under the same name, within a couple of days.

 

These are not uncommon incidents as there appears to be no control of licensing by the city authorities!

Getting an alcohol license merely involves popping down to the local municipality building, filling out a form, paying the small fee and having it rubber stamped. Takes about 10 minutes from what I've heard.

 

A hotel license for a small guesthouse - this appears to be very different.

 

Do they regard a small gueshouse to be different from a 300 room hotel or is it the same license / procedure ?

 

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