Nineteen Illegal Hotels Found in Patong


During a recent inspection in Patong, Phuket, led by Deputy Interior Minister Chada Thaiset, it was discovered that 19 hotels were allegedly operating illegally without the necessary permits.

Additionally, two hotels were found to be covertly owned by foreigners who employed Thai nationals as managers. These foreigners were using Thai individuals as proxies to falsely represent themselves as the legitimate proprietors.

The inspection was initiated in response to complaints about numerous hotels commencing operations without proper authorization. Out of the 21 hotels scrutinized, the majority were operating without legal permission, and some had even converted existing buildings into hotels. The two hotels with foreign ownership had Thai managers in place to conceal the true ownership.

Deputy Minister Chada engaged with the hotel operators and managers to discuss the steps required to legalize their establishments. Despite this, the hotels in question have been penalized in accordance with hotel regulations.

He emphasized that the presence of illegal hotels negatively impacts legitimate businesses and noted that these unauthorized hotels often lack sufficient security measures and fire safety protocols, potentially endangering guests.

Mr. Chada reminded everyone that the citizens of Thailand are the rightful owners of the country. He urged anyone facing issues to report them to the appropriate government authorities, affirming the commitment to safeguarding Thai occupations from foreign takeover.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.