Thailand Vlog #015 Penang, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand.

Join us as we travel from the wonderful Penang to Bangkok, Thailand.
The journey started off smoothly up until a point, thereafter things went downhill fast.

Basically, the accommodation we booked backfired on us and we were forced to cancel our stay. We ended up out on the street with nowhere to go. We eventually found a hotel for the night which we were very grateful for. Stay tuned to the video to see what happens.

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  • Hey all, welcome back to another video. We had a pretty interesting and disappointing experience in Bangkok, Thailand. We love Bangkok as a whole, we just think people need to be made aware of this situation as we would not want this to happen to anyone else. Let us know your thoughts on the whole issue below, we are interested to hear what you have to say. Stay tuned for more videos from Bangkok, Thailand:)

    Rhett and Claire June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • greetings from bangkok. i live in bangkok and i'm disappointed with transportation here too. anyways hope you comeback here again to travel another province such as island in the southern. there are many fun actitvities to do 🙂

    April June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Good message, don't airbnb in a Bangkok condo.

    Tom kee June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Firstly, AirBnB does not provide accommodation. AirBnB is a 'tech' company. It is a facilitator that matches a provider of accommodation with the person who wants accommodation. It is business model is the same as Agoda or etc (or Uber, which matches those who require transportation with providers of transportation).

    Using AirBnB is not illegal in Thailand. What is illegal is for a owner of a unit of accommodation in a building to provide accommodation for less than a 30 days unless the building complies with the Hotel Act. Also the vast majority of condominium also have condominium rules that prohibit the short term rental of the condominiums. The condominium rules form part of the contract of purchase. Not complying with the rules is potentially breach of the contract by the owner. It is a civil matter rather criminal matter.

    It is the provider of the accommodation that is potentially subject to both the criminal and civil action not the person who rented the accommodation.

    There is also the issue of non compliance with the Immigration Act by both the person providing the accommodation and the person staying in the accommodation. If a non Thai stays overnight in accommodation the owner of the accommodation is required to report to the Thai Immigration Department that the non Thai is stay is staying in the accommodation.

    Normally, if you stay in a hotel etc they do it and you don't even notice that it is being done. It becomes a 'big' issue for people who rent a single condo because it is a 'lot of paperwork'.

    The above is applicable to the whole of Thailand, not just Bangkok. However, Thailand is not Switzerland, Germany or Japan. Enforcement of laws in Thailand is somewhat problematic to say the least. There are many, many instances where laws are not enforced. Many condominiums in tourist areas are in effect 'contels'. The problem is that individual owners have an incentive to break the rules to the cost of their neighbors.

    The problem with short term accommodation is a worldwide issue. It is not a Thailand issue. The same problems occur in London, New York, Melbourne etc. The local authorities across the world are having the problems dealing with it.

    The is also two different types of accommodation buildings in Thailand. There are buildings which have what are called 'apartments' and there are buildings which are called 'condominiums'. Apartment buildings are owned by one owner and the rents out all the rooms in the building. The owner generally lets out the rooms on daily, weekly, monthly, 6 monthly basis. The owner also does the Immigration reporting. Condominiums have a different ownership structure. The rooms in the condominium are individually owned. The condominium building is managed by a separate legal entity that looks after maintenance etc. The liability under the Hotel Act and Immigration Act falls on the individual owners.

    There is the issue of insurance. If a person has a accident in the building, is individual owner liable or is the entity that manages the building liable. Does the insurance cover people staying on a short term basis. Hotels are designed to accommodate short term stays, and have both design features and procedures to deal with it.

    I am currently living in an apartment building but have been looking to move to a condominium. Some of the security measures I have seen in Bangkok include facial recognition and thumb print scanners to gain entry to condominium that are designed to prevent short term stays amongst other things.

    Somluck June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Sorry but you're wrong.

    Short term rentals in Thailand are NOT illegal in Thailand if the host announes you to the authorities and pays sales tax on the revenue. The problem is that many hosts don't do that and the hotel lobby applies extreme pressure on politics and owners of appartments. As a matter of fact: these signs are illegal. If Air bnb was illegal in Thailand they couldn't legally operate there and generate millions of dollars each year with a vastly growing business.

    Alex June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • You made Thailand seem like a horrible place

    Tanya random stuff June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Im South African an I encountered the same signs in Chaing Mai , I had a Thai companion , so I felt a little less intimidated and just ignored the issue . It was a little complicated because the Chinese guy who owned the condo couldnt speak Thai or English .. Nothing untoward happened though , but I guess Ill make another plan in future.

    John Mills June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Dude seriously, this type of shit is what has detered me from using any type of sharing app… I mean they are always controversial. I don't even use Uber for the very reason. These guys are right when you go on a holiday you wanna unwind and not feel uncomfortable the whole time

    Shayan Ansari June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Yes AirBnB is illegal because the apartment or condominium havent been registered for daily or weekly So far there are many foreigners especially from China bought many units or even rented them and converted to make AirBNB. They never pay tax and cause problems to hotel biz.and distrub local residents from making noisy and unrespecting/unfollowing the management rules. Its easy to create some criminal too caz the owners dont report TM30 to the immigration dept. Most showed in Bella Grand and TC green where so many Chinese from mainland living. Anyhow , monthly is entitled same as hotel Actually you can find so many daily economic prices in BKK . Dont need AirBNB till the law changing.!

    truelife peace June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Hi! So is AirBnB illegal in Bangkok for condos and private houses AND hotels? Im booking thru Airbnb, and was unsure if booking airbnb for a hotel is still ok. We're not planning to stay in a condo or private house.

    Kay Xiong June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • I found this out when i was there as well

    BC Lee June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Is it Ok to book Airbnb in Bangkok if booking for 1 month? I like the area close to Asok station, and a hotel can be expensive for 31 days. I spent about $4000 USD the last trip for my hotel in that area.

    Scuba Tom June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • AirBNB is a selfish company they expand their business without any consideration, dont respect the law of the country they making business. Let me share you guys experience staying next to an actual airbnb room. It was a nightmare I supposed to have a simple neigbour who got responsibility or atleast some respect. Most of the airbnb guests are strange many of them cook smelly food or throw a party with loud speaker late at night I gotta wake up to knock their door to complain it not happen just once in a while but like every other days they cant even do the simple task like leave the garbage inside the bin instead the put in on top the bin's lid or just leave it rot outside their door. Who got the benifit on this ? absolutely not me I'm glad that my country got this law and I would be much more happier if they really enforce it cause I called the police many times and they seem to ignore me ! luckily I complain to my landlord that I'm going to end the lease agreement that how the problem being solved the landlord reported to the juristic office so I can finally rest. Im sure that if you were stay in a proper condominium long term you wouldnt wanna shared your floor with strangers from all around the world/change faces everyday. For me I feel unsafe . I dont mind if they gonna have a particular airbnb floor on the building but shouldnt be mix with the long term rent roon like mine.

    Arkin M June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • oh my, thanks alot for your sharing. i was just about to look for airbnb in bangkok for coming family trip with my 8months old. it will be truly a nightmare if i meet the situation like that .

    eilyn lim June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Great video guys thank you for the information

    Effie Colida June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • RB&B est illégal en Thailande…. bravo enfin un pays qui a compris qu'il ne faut pas supporter les multinationales sauvages qui ne veulent qu'accumuler des devises.

    François Bérubé June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • I own an apartment in Bangkok, one of the terms and conditions of the compound is that listing or subletting unit temporarily such as Airbnb is prohibited and against the law. But still I see different tourists coming in and out the building on daily basis which I don’t feel comfortable with. My building used to be so quiet and private, with this airbnb trend, the privacy has now gone. I can actually report this to the police or to building’s management but I just don’t wanna to too nasty about it.

    Nannan Th June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Looking at the view from balcony. I knew already where the condo you guys stayed.

    Phamondate R June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • My condo has 80% of tourist for short term rental business. It is not fun. I called immigration police couple of times to after those tourists.

    Phamondate R June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Just book a hotel there’s 1000s of them, yeah I’ve used Airbnb all over the World with no issues, you were just unlucky

    Roy Goad June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Very wise to move to a hotel, do not break the law in Thailand, you risk maybe going to jail, maybe losing a lot of your money , or maybe being booted out of the country, or maybe all of the above. Thailand has some very corrupt people, and you will be at their mercy if you break the law.

    dave jones June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • It’s not actually scary in thailand tho America to Thailand is 13 hrs very long (fun fact:I live in thailand)

    BCseirra June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • I would suggest that anyone intended on using Airbnb to first visit the BBB, and read through some of the hundreds of comments left by users. It would also be in your best interest to read through all of the terms of service you will be agreeing to, as their policies leave the consumer with little to no legal recourse once agreed upon.

    Jason Berg June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • I'm sorry for you guys to have bad experience in Thailand.
    However, good to know you still love Bangkok

    Oath Peterson June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Do you trust everything you read on signs in the street? Dumb

    soClose June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • oh no – i had no idea! we were just in an airbnb in Bangkok, yikes.

    Couple and a Compass June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • You didn't know AirBnB is illegal there? 😛 Live life on the edge 😉 Whenever staying in an AirBnB , tell the officer you're staying with or at a "friends" place. Make sure the owner knows that and you have their contact.

    Dean Nomad June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Follow thai law , if foreigner visit to your home ,owner property must regist to immigration combine hotel also ,very easy by internet and condominium or apartment can not give rent to other with dayly or weekly beacause it residense zone and most renter disturb them , for customer or foreigner no problem

    inzakaew June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Great share 🤙🏽

    Mike Swizzy June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Dope Video! Sending blessing your way, Keep inspiring!🎒🙌🏻

    Mike&Ash Experience June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Great videos on Thailand guys! Keep up the great work, much love from Australia.

    Two Chaps June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • AirBnB doesn't care. They just want to get your money. Yes, it is illegal unless registered.
    The police make a lot of money off of looking the other way, as do the guards and some management in the places where it continues.

    Сперти за правду June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply
  • Thanks for sharing your experiences…

    bangkokandmore June 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply

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