Shisha Crackdown Kicks Off in Pattaya

Bar in South PattayaA couple of days ago we reported that bars around Pattaya had been notified through a letter signed by the Banglamung district chief that the sale and use of Shisha was “now” officially banned in entertainment venues around town.
According to Pattaya One News, the letter warned that

any bar owner caught selling Shisha can receive a prison term of up to five years and/or a fine of up to 500,000 Baht (…)

We added that while the Shisha ban was nothing really new but first made headlines in late 2013, we anticipated that authorities would soon launch some kind of “shisha crackdown”. We were right.
Pattaya One now reports that late Tuesday night,

Banglamung district officials in conjunction with the Royal Thai Army, have begun a city-wide crackdown on those supplying Shisha, which has now been outlawed in Pattaya.

Officials reportedly raided a couple of unnamed venues on Walking Street, including a “well-known live music bar”, as well as in South Pattaya’s “Arab quarters” of Soi 16 and Soi 17. Two shops supplying Shisha to local bars, were also raided and had their stock seized.
Pattaya One adds that the Banglamung district chief warned that the crackdown would continue and

anyone found to be ignoring the Shisha ban will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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