The Thai authorities seem to be taking on people who offer short term lets on rooms, condos, or house, of less than a month. It is
legal to privately rent property for periods of over a month but less than a month are only allowed in officially licensed hotels. Of course the licensing of hotels is very onerous and so is widely ignored.
The issue has perhaps been brought to a head by AirBnB as it provides a straightforward way for people to rent out their properties. hotels feel a bit challenged by the competition and so have been complaining to the authorities.
As is often the case in Thailand, these laws have been in existence for some time but the law has been loosely enforced with some condo developments around the country acting as defacto hotels and listing in many online booking websites.
This week says a court in Hua Hin ruled it was illegal for people to rent out their condos or rooms on a daily or weekly basis. While AirBnB was not specifically mentioned in the Hua Hin court case, the home-share system has grown to the point
where Thailand's legally registered hotels are calling foul.
Earlier this month, authorities in Pattaya arrested seven individuals for operating what were described as illegal hotels (lacking permits or failure to abide reporting laws). Just one of the properties was an apartment building.
AirBnB in Thailand claims its service is legal but have been less than helpful when one a property owner posted on its website's community page a request for clarification. A year passed and no response.
The Immigration Department also have specific requirements of hotels to report any foreign guest's arrival. The unregistered properties fall through this reporting system making them a target of Thailand's strict Immigration requirements.
Thailand's popular resort of Phuket has an ambition to turn the island into a 'smart city', according to Thailand's digital
The province may also develop an electronic wristband system for foreign tourists so their identity and location would be known in case of untoward incidents, said Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj.
He said the province has planned to develop the uses of wristbands to track tourists and to use Big Data to analyse information about tourists' habits.
He said the Phuket command centre would also link to all CCTVs on the island to work with face-recognition software to guard against crimes as well as to collect the data of tourists who use public boat services.
19th March 2018. Thanks to Dave
Why are the Thai Authorities doing everything they can to Alienate Tourists and Expats.
Raiding Darts Clubs, Bridge Clubs, putting them in Gaol for Smoking on the Beach.
The Police are constantly stopping Tourists on Scooters looking for international Driving License's, which were never needed before.
Now wristbands to track Tourists movements, registering Mobile Phones with your Passport.
Thailand is turning into another North Korea, The sooner we have Elections and get rid of the Army the better.
The convenience store 7-Eleven is rolling out artificial intelligence at its 11,000 stores across Thailand.
7-Eleven will use facial-recognition and behavior-analysis technologies for multiple purposes. The ones it has decided to reveal to the public are to identify loyalty members, analyze in-store traffic, monitor product levels, suggest products to
customers, and even measure the emotions of customers as they walk around.
The company announced it will be using technology developed by US-based Remark Holdings, which says its facial-recognition technology has an accuracy rate of more than 96%. Remark, which has data partnerships with Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu, has
a significant presence in China.
The rollout at Thailand's 7-Eleven stores remains unique in scope. It could potentially be the largest number of facial-recognition cameras to be adopted by one company. No corporate entity is so entrenched in Thai lives, according to a report
from Public Radio International. And that may be crucial not only to the success of facial recognition in 7-Eleven stores in Thailand, but across the region.
Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife?... I do
Are you nuts?
A regulation change was issued by the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) head office in Bangkok in Aug 2017. The result was revealed this week after a farang contacted The Phuket News asking for clarification on why he was required to
have a criminal history check so he could marry his Thai fiancee.
Specifically they are making farangs who are marrying Thais get a criminal record check and a personality profile check.
The criminal record check required farangs to be fingerprinted and these are run through checks with the Thai police. Apparently this is limited to Thailand and won't be pursed back to the farang's home country.
The thinking behind the move is that the Thai authorities think that they can root out a few 'bad guys' before letting them get their hands on a long term visa through marriage.
The DOPA issued another notice under the regulations of which it was specified that foreigners from any of 13 countries were recently being more commonly involved in wrongful marriage and family registration. The 13 countries haven't been named
lest it causes them reputational damage.
The time taken for the certificate to be approved or rejected will depend on other circumstances surrounding the foreigner. This includes whether the foreigner has been here a long time, already have children with a Thai person, have businesses
here, and so on. If a person is found to have a criminal record relating to drugs or breaking immigration laws, the office will refuse the marriage certificate.
The psychological testing required has not yet been detailed.
Comment: Fair's fair
5th March 2018. From Dick Farang
Re the article Are you nuts?... Thai Immigration set to require a psychological test for any farang wanting to marry a Thai , I have to mention that, for Thais to be granted a long term visa to the Schengen area (which covers most of
Europe), one of the many conditions is to get a clearance from the Bangkok Police Headquarters on Henri Dunant Road, fingerprinting and mug shots included.
I guess that only a civil marriage is meant here, not a traditional wedding, usually concluded in front of a Hindu priest and in the presence of an odd number of Buddhist monks and ... a dowry.
Thailand asks developers to speed up its 'Foreigner Database' that will record the entries and exits of all foreigners, and require them to report to local police every time they change hotel or address
Thailand's Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry have been instructed to speed up the implementation of a
single-platform online database of foreigners entering and leaving the kingdom. The two agencies were told to have the new system fully functioning in six months.
The order was given by the Deputy leader of Thailand's military governement, General Prawit Wongsuwan.
The single platform database would enable the government to keep tabs on all foreigners so that they can be easily located by the police.
As part of the new system, the Immigration Bureau will cancel the use of the Immigration 6 form and instead use e-passport data. A spokesman said each immigration checkpoint would be equipped with identity-checking equipment, such as fingerprint
readers and passport scanners, to enter information into the database.
At the same time, the Interior Ministry's Provincial Administration Department must ensure that all hotels, apartments, guesthouses and other accommodation services keep and report records of foreigners using their services by informing the
nearest immigration office or police station, which will in turn feed the data to the database. Foreigners also now have to report to the local police or immigration every time they change hotel or where they stay whilst in Thailand.
Photos posted to Facebook of a sexy waitress showing a bit of side boob at a coffee shop in Chon Buri's Sattahip district
trigged a storm of criticism from mostly women.
The post, by a Facebook user Krua Sahapat-Laem Chabang at 7am Saturday, drew over 3,500 comments in five hours. It also drew over 21,000 reactions and was shared over 8,800 times in the five-hour period.
The photos show a beautiful young woman wearing underwear and no bras. She has covered her front with a barista saffron.
The coffee shop is called Coffee on Day but other parts of the video suggest that for most of the time the baristas are fully clad.
In a bit of an overreaction, Plu Ta Luang superintendent Pol Colonel Thanachai Usahakit said officers had already summoned the coffee shop owner and the models to report to police late on Sunday. He said the image could be a violation to the
Computer Act because the images were uploaded to a computer accessible by the public.
Shop owner Prasong Sukkorn said he posted the ad with the intention to be sexy, not lewd or tarnishing to the society. The owner has now removed the clip and photos.
Thailand has banned smoking on their top beaches citing litter from butt ends, which seems a bit rich when overlooking large
amounts of plastic pollution that is washed up on beaches these days.
The country has banned smoking at 24 of the most popular beaches with foreign tourists.
Bannaruk Sermthong, director at the Office of Marine and Coastal Resources Management told Reuters : Starting today, smoking and cigarette-butt littering are prohibited on beach areas. Anyone who wants to smoke must do so in designated smoking
areas, not on the beaches.
If you're found smoking on a beach you could be fined 100,000 baht (£2,243) and get a year in prison.
And it's not just cigarettes which are banned on Thai beaches.The country has also banned vaping entirely.
Oh and drinking beer on the beach is also prohibited
Bangkok police have taken legal action against a film company for putting up a stall selling sex toys
for filming purposes on Khao San Road.
The film makers had been given permission for the shooting of the Indian film Happy Bhag Jayegi Return on Khao San Road. According to the Bangkok Post the station gave permission because the company promised that the film-making would
promote Thailand with a positive image.
From 9.30am to 11.30am on Wednesday the crew had women wear swimsuits and placed stalls of swimsuits and adult toy signs on the road. After being reported, local police halted the film-making.
Police charged the crew and the film producer with causing public embarrassment and untidiness, blocking a road, and showing pornographic materials.
The police quoted actresses as saying that the scene was supposed to take place in China, with no mentioning of Khao San Road.
Happy Bhag Jayegi Return (2018) is a sequel to the comic-caper of the same title made in 2011. Indian actresses Sonakshi Sinha and Diana Penty star in it.