A combined force of military and police in Surat Thani province began regulating hostel operators on Koh Samui on Saturday (Feb 24).
The operation followed the Fourth Army chief Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich's recent visit to Surat Thani province earlier this month and instructed authorities to crackdown on illegal business operators at the three tourists islands�Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, and Ko Tao.
Lodging business operators have complained that the cheap and unregistered hostels have gravely impacted their businesses.
Security officers also pointed out that cheap and illegal hostels had lax measures to keep records of their guests, posing security risks.
Authorities today raided US Hostel on Soi Sunday in Tambon Bophut which has 30 rooms with each room having double decker beds for 6-8 persons.
The hostel's room rates are between 350-1,000 baht per day.
Checks by officials found that the hostel does not have a license to operate hotel business.
The hostel owner, Areerak Luangvicharoen, was charged of operating hotel business without permission.
The authorities said they would continue to raid other unlicensed hostels in the area.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)