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Companies like AirBnB ‘illegal’ for daily and weekly rentals in Thailand

Tanutam Thawan

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PHOTO: Wan Vayla Condos in Khao Tao

A court ruling handed down in Hua Hin effectively confirms that people who rent out their rooms via companies like AirBnB on a daily and weekly basis are acting illegally.

A letter has been sent to the Wan Vayla condos in Khao Tao from the local authorities outlining the court’s decision in two of three cases where condos were rented out for less than a month.

In one case a fine of 5,000 baht must be paid and 500 baht per for each of twenty days totaling 15,000 baht. In a second case a 5,000 baht fine must also be paid with further fines of 100 baht for an 81 day period. A third case is pending.

The local authorities investigated the matter in December 2017 and and took the case to court.

The ruling, if enforced nationwide, could effectively be the beginning of the end for companies like AirBnB in Thailand who have consistently said that what they are offering in the kingdom is legal.

Thaivisa notes that the company have carried out training and award seminars on a regular basis in Thailand and there are thousands of people offering their rooms for rent throughout the country.

AirBnB actively promote their business in Thailand and the consequences from the ruling could be immense for the company, renters and consumers alike.

The court ruled that people renting out their rooms on a daily and weekly basis contravened regulations surrounding hotels.

Rentals of 30 days and more would be legal.

The Wan Vayla condo sits on 20 rai of land in the Khao Tao area.

SOURCE: ThaiVisa


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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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  1. john1812

    May 17, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    This is just confirmation of existing law. The authorities in Phuket/Patong have previously issued warnings about the short-term letting of rooms which are not part of a registered guest house/hotel

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Saturday night suicide linked to Hua Hin murder

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by Wimon Thabkhong and Apichat Hongsakul

A 26 year old man, thought to have to committed suicide, is the main suspect in the murder of a 39 year old Bangkok woman in Hua Hin, according to local police.

Read the original story of the crimes HERE.

The Thai man, who allegedly committed suicide by letting a train run over him on Saturday night in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Cha-am district, has been identified as the main suspect in the murder of a 39 year old Bangkok woman whose body, with multiple stab wounds in the neck, was found stuffed in a large plastic box in a house in Hua Hin district yesterday morning (Sunday).

The provincial police chief says the man, identified later as 26 year old Dithawat Dros, was linked to the murder case as he was the tenant of the rented house where the woman’s body was found.

Police suspect that he might have killed the woman in anger and committed suicide to avoid punishment, police said. They are not aware of the motives for the murder at this stage.

Investigations continue into the alleged suicide and murder.

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SOURCE: The Nation

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Murdered Bangkok woman found in Hua Hin

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by Wimon Thabkhong and Apichat Hongsakul

The body of a 39 year old Bangkok woman, with multiple stab wounds in the neck, has been discovered stuffed in a large plastic box in the toilet of a rented house in Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province today (Sunday).

The woman, who doctors estimate has been dead for three days before the body was found, was later identified as Suchapat Hiranpanthachote.

A Hua Hin hotel had contacted police about a female guest who had left all her belongings in her room without checking out of the hotel as scheduled on October 9.

Suchapat’s younger brother, who along with relatives came to Hua Hin to look for the missing woman after being unable to contact her, told police that the victim had left her home for Hua Hin on October 8, corroborating the hotel’s information that she had checked in that night alone.

She reportedly left in her black car the next morning and never returned to the hotel. The brother joined police to check the rented house in question to look for her.

They encountered strong smell coming from the locked house, where the woman’s black sedan was found parked. Her body and a bloodstained knife was found in the toilet.

A neighbour told police that the house was for rent and previously two men and a woman stayed there but in recent times there was only one man who stayed there. She said she had heard loud noises from that house three days ago but didn’t suspect any wrongdoing. But she says she was later puzzled to see the male tenant leaving the house by jumping over the fence and riding away on a motorcycle.

She said she had smelt the bad odors from the house next door but never thought it was from a murder.

Murdered Bangkok woman found in Hua Hin | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation

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Warning for horny pachyderms in Phetchaburi

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Sanook reports that the head of the Kaeng Krachan national park in Phetchaburi is warning us to take care after a video showing an elephant in ‘musth’. An elephant in musth can have up to six times greater reproductive hormones running through their veins.

According to the national park chief, elephants can become dangerous to their own kind as well as humans during this period that can last for many weeks.

The video showed a violent altercation between two elephants – one a bull elephant the other of unspecified gender – on the “Nong Plub – Huay Sat Yai” Road in the national park. Mana Phermphoon is warning the public to be on the lookout as his staff try to help the situation by isolating the animal.

Sometimes elephants in musth are denied food and water in an effort to calm them down. Many zookeepers have been killed and animals in the wild also present serious problems.

SOURCE: Sanook

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