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More proof that Thailand is not the developing nation it purports itself to be, but rather a nation deeply mired in third world status, due to lack of:
law enforcement
taxation
traffic safety
public safety
industrial safety standards
a consistent and coherent and user friendly visa policy for ex-pats
patent and copyright protection
enforcement against piracy of products. Plus there are issues like:
the corrupt and astonishingly ineffective police
the nationwide transportation system, or lack thereof, such as speed trains
reasonable import duties on products such as wine, foreign beer, cheese, and other "luxury" goods
and more. I could go on for days.
 

And an erratic President.

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18 hours ago, Get Real said:

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.

 

18 hours ago, Get Real said:

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.

And maybe you don't know the complete story.

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These crackdowns just keep coming. Never seem to ever accomplish much. The Thais doing the cracking get bored or move on to another crackdown. 

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9 hours ago, HerbalEd said:

 

And maybe you don't know the complete story.

No, off course not. Probably nobody do yet, due to that the police are looking in to it.

Very strange comment made by you. In this forum there are mostly a lot of speculations. That´s want I did too. Actually I phrased it like a question, and then added what´s probably the most common reason why many hotels don´t have a license.

Please, get a grip.

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Is this place still open I wonder ?

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On 6/13/2017 at 8:48 PM, klauskunkel said:

they are raided because they do not have mafia connections.

Yep.  many hotels have a foreign owner or investor, and often the place is run or managed or maybe even in the name of the foreign person's Thai wife or partner.

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On 6/15/2017 at 0:16 AM, HerbalEd said:

And maybe you don't know the complete story.

 

I get a kick out of reading Stickman, Stickboy, Drummond, etc. about the shady (foreign) characters running a lot of the nightspots and other businesses in BKK.  Many of them posing as respectable businessmen, but actually, well, let's just leave it at not so respectable.

 

I can only imagine some of the shady foreigners running businesses in other parts of Thailand.  Though I don't have a clue about these particular guest houses, I have no doubt that the stories could go a lot deeper than we'll ever know.

 

That's not to say it's universal, but when the full story does occasionally leak out (like the guy who got shot in the head in Pattaya), it seems that the authorities have good reasons for going after who they have- at least the ones we read about in the media.

 

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On 6/14/2017 at 6:11 PM, Moti24 said:

" 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.

" What hotel operates without a license? "  Those who hand over large brown envelopes? :whistling:

 

Anyone want to define 'mafia' as it applies to Thailand? I think there would be many differing answers to that one!

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On 6/14/2017 at 2:34 PM, 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. 

Today's Thailand, quite the cesspool

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6 hours ago, lvr181 said:

" What hotel operates without a license? "  Those who hand over large brown envelopes? :whistling:

 

Anyone want to define 'mafia' as it applies to Thailand? I think there would be many differing answers to that one!

Mostly government organizations or government employees that are above the law?

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On 6/14/2017 at 4:17 AM, webfact said:

A charge was made of operating illegally without a license.

doesnt sound strong enough, they will just pay the fine, bribe the person that is in the current govt position and in one month everything will be smooth

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The real crime of a foreigner making money from a successful business without paying his 'tax' is going through the motion of % tax to be paid on future earnings. After the back tax has been paid of course. 

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On 14/06/2017 at 9:42 AM, spidermike007 said:

 

More proof that Thailand is not the developing nation it purports itself to be, but rather a nation deeply mired in third world status, due to lack of:

law enforcement

taxation

traffic safety

public safety

industrial safety standards

a consistent and coherent and user friendly visa policy for ex-pats

patent and copyright protection

enforcement against piracy of products. Plus there are issues like:

the corrupt and astonishingly ineffective police

the nationwide transportation system, or lack thereof, such as speed trains

reasonable import duties on products such as wine, foreign beer, cheese, and other "luxury" goods

and more. I could go on for days.

 

So? We all know it's not the USA.  Thank God. Ditto Australia or UK.

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On 6/14/2017 at 9:42 AM, spidermike007 said:

 

More proof that Thailand is not the developing nation it purports itself to be, but rather a nation deeply mired in third world status, due to lack of:

law enforcement

taxation

traffic safety

public safety

industrial safety standards

a consistent and coherent and user friendly visa policy for ex-pats

patent and copyright protection

enforcement against piracy of products. Plus there are issues like:

the corrupt and astonishingly ineffective police

the nationwide transportation system, or lack thereof, such as speed trains

reasonable import duties on products such as wine, foreign beer, cheese, and other "luxury" goods

and more. I could go on for days.

 

Months you mean and it will do until that day the Chinese wake up and that day will come and then what, back to USA and Europe again to attract guests

 

If that is the thinking there are some very hard up years coming here in the non to distant future, but the sexpats will be ok I think

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We, (my Thai gal of 28 years and I) just completed the purchase of a condo at Takiab beach.
We took 15 months to decide but jumped any way, noticed that there's less Air BNB customers than there was a few months ago and there's a sign in the foyer saying "this isn't a hotel and any daily or weekly stays is a criminal offence" or words to that effect.
Anyone else seeing similar?


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