Shisha, underage customers found in South Pattaya bar raids

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Banglamung District officials raided several bars in South Pattaya selling shisha after legal opening hours.

District Chief Chakorn Kanjawattana led local officials and police to Soi 16 around 2:30 a.m. March 30, hitting six beer bars, Thai pubs and restaurants in the middleeast tourists-dominated area, looking for the outlawed tobacco.

The bars – reported as Twin Oasis, Lebanese, Mao Mai, Ball & Bright, Keptawan and Chor Ching Tee Dung – were found to be selling shisha, alcohol and allowing youths under age 20 on the premises. Twenty liters of herbal alcohol also were confiscated.

Police inspect a row of shishas at one of the bars they raided.

The offenses were enough to allow authorities to shut any of the establishments for five years. The decision on such an order will come later.

Chor Ching Tee Dung Manager Wannaporn Silapacheevin, 46, was arrested for being open at 5 a.m., allowing five teens on site and two without ID cards.