Hookah Still Being SoldBanglamung officials have raided many shops that were still selling hookah after the sale of it was banned by the Chon Buri Provincial Governor
PATTAYA – June 10,2015 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 12.00 a.m., Mr. Praphan Prathoomchomphu (Banglamung sheriff), First Lieutenant Phorasit Jitramwong (Deputy District Chief of Amphur Banglamung, Prevention and Suppression Division), Mr. Weera Kitiyanon (Head of Suppression Section, Chonburi Excise, Area 2) mobilized forcers of public authorities, military and police officers to raid shops that were secretly selling Hookah to customers in south Pattaya.
From inspecting the first shop named Aladin Shisha, no. 363/3 Pattaya Soi 16, the shop was selling Hookah to Middle East tourists. The officials found a lot of equipment for smoking Hookah, stoves and spare parts at a back of the shop and on the 2nd floor therefore they seized all of such exhibits.
Later at approximately 12.30 am the officials went to inspect another shop named Paris, no. 247/67-68 Soi Yen Sabai, but they found that the shop was closed. The officials could smell Hookah coming from inside but couldn’t contact the shop owner. The officials believed that they closed the shop when they saw the officials coming.
At 1.00 a.m., the officials had inspected another shop named Aladin Shisha which sold stoves, bowls, equipment and spare parts for smoking Hookah, it was located at no. 257/11, Soi 17 Pattaya it had a nameplate in front of the shop called Euro Gold International Co Ltd and it was part of the same network as the first shop (Aladin Shisha shop). The officials found that this shop had turned off the light both outside and inside but found a lot of people and equipment for smoking Hookah inside so the officials seized all exhibits and detained all involved persons to Banglamung District Office.
Mr. Chakhorn Kanjanawatta (Banglamung sheriff) said that Hookah is prohibited due to the policy of Mr. Khomsan Ekkachai who is a Chon Buri Provincial Governor. Mr. Khomsan is extremely concerned with this issue and also emphasized that the public authorities are to crack down on all shops selling Hookah. Previously, Amphur Banglamung had already informed all entertainment spots and business about the new policy but some still violated the policy, therefore they will be fined 300,000 THB.