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Sunbelt Asia Weekly Column 25 August 2017

Sunbelt Asia Weekly Column

25 August 2017

Carrying Viagra and the police checks

Question 1: If I go in to a drug store on Sukhumvit and buy Viagra, what happens if some time later the police decide to search me (I've never been stopped or searched in Thailand but have read about it on you site), am I legal? Can or will the police do anything to me because I have Viagra on me that I bought over the counter at a drug store in Bangkok?

Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors responds:
Thai law does require that you have a prescription from a doctor to purchase viagra and it is illegal to purchase it without a doctors prescription. It is not on the list of controlled substances. However, if you are stopped by police and have it on your person without a prescription you may have problems.

Possible to notarize at Sunbelt Asia?

Question 2:
My wife is a Thai citizen who I married in Thailand. The state of Alaska is responsible for my retirement but refuses to give me 100% of my monthly check unless my Thai wife signs a wavier on the form and has it notarized in Thailand by someone who can notarize in English with an English stamp. Do you provide such services and if so, what are the fees?

Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors responds:
We at Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors offer this service however your wife has to be here in the country. We are able to notarize it in English with an English stamp by our licensed notary.

Reporting fires in the Tessaban

Question 3:
I went to the Tessaban to report about fires in a residential area but they would not take my complaint. They said it was not against the law. Could you ask Sunbelt legal which law applies here so I can print it out and bring it with me? Thanks.

Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors responds:
In general laws are set by the Tessaban and some may or may not have ordinances against burning in the city. Generally most do have bans against city burning but it may be that the official you reported to may not be aware of the law or may not wish to enforce it. You might want to consider reporting to the police. However it is important to note that if you live in a small village it may be more effective appealing to the village headman for assistance in dealing with a neighbor who burns rubbish next to your house.

The World Bank is predicting the Thai economy will grow 3.5 percent this year, up from the 3.2 percent forecast in April in large part due to strength in the growth in the export sector, rising farm income and fiscal stimulus measures from the government. Thailand's GDP grew 3.7 percent year on year after expanding 3.3 percent in the first quarter. The National Economic and Social Development Board expects exports to rise 5.7 percent this year, up from the 3.6 percent growth projected in May. The Asian Development Bank released its report on 45 Asian countries saying forecasting Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP) will grow 4.2 percent per year in the next five years due to improving economic indicators across the board and the country's mobilization of infrastructure projects.

Airbnb, the online service that allows property owners to rent out directly to others for short -term visits is seeking legal support from the Thai government to allow property owners to use the service legally. The co-founder of the company met with the Tourism and Sports Minister to discuss ways in which Airbnb can help boost tourism to Thailand and to ensure the legality of the process. There are around 55,000 Airbnb listings in Thailand and in 2016 the country saw 982,000 foreign travelers use Airbnb for their stays in Thailand, a 150% jump from the year before. Currently the home sharing service is illegal in Thailand as it is considered as operating a hotel without a license but the Chief Strategy Officer for the company is upbeat saying he has been talking with over 191 authorities around the world, at both a national and local level, in ways to make the service legal.

A new auto-gate has been opened for Singaporean nationals at Suvarnabhumi International Airport allowing citizens of that country to enter through the automatic passport screening system in a bid to reduce congestion at Immigration counters. The gates record data of arriving passengers, as well as photographs and fingerprints the passengers to be used to verify their identities in future trips. It is also linked to the advance passenger processing system (APPS) of airlines. Other countries will also be allowed to apply for the service and will be considered on a country-by-country basis, with priority given to countries with high tourism potential and a large number of travelers to Thailand. The auto gate will be operated on a trial run at the Suvarnabhumi airport. After that the service will be expanded to other international airports in the country such as Don Mueang, Phuket and U-tapao.

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Popular craft beer bar in Sathorn

This popular craft beer bar was established in 2015 and has earned many good reviews and press coverage for its selection and cool atmosphere. Located in the Sathorn area, the bar is surrounded by condos and offices in a busy expat neighborhood.

The 70 sqm bar seats 50 with a monthly rent of 30,000 baht on a 3 year lease. There are three full time staff and one part -time with a total monthly payroll of 32,000 baht. The business is open 6 days a week from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and last year earned a net profit of 245,000 baht on 1.9 million in sales.

The owner has another business that takes up his time and so is looking to sell this one.

ASKING PRICE: 1.5 million baht (BKK15794)

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Massage and Turkish spa in Asoke area

Located in the prime Asoke area, this spa is right at the intersection and near Terminal 21, many hotels and high foot traffic. The owner opened the business only recently but urgent family issues are forcing a sale.

The owner invested more than 12 million baht to equip this spa fully including separate foot and Thai massage areas, Turkish scrub baths, and a Jacuzzi. There are four floors with over 20 massage areas and rooms, including rooms with private showers for oil massage. There is also a staff room and kitchen area for staff.

The spa is set in two combined shop-houses over 4 floors with about 480 sqm including a lobby on the ground floor. There are 120sqm per floor and rent on this prime space is 300,000 baht a month with a 3 + 3 + 3 year lease. There are 12 staff including 2 receptionists. The business has only been open a very short time so there are no financials but this fully equipped spa and massage is ideally located in a top tourist location.

ASKING PRICE: 10 million baht (BKK15784)

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Brand new restaurant in assets sale

This brand new restaurant is only 9 months old but the owner is forced to sell as other business interests take up all their time - this is a great deal for someone looking to open a new restaurant in a new location. The restaurant is set in a new shopping mall and has a large outdoor terrace as well as 150 sqm inside.

The area is building up quickly with eight condo buildings nearby, a new international school going in soon and plans for a new dermatological hospital.

The terrace has been underutilized and with a good bartender and promotions the new owner could easily boost sales by 30 percent. Sales in the first nine months were 440,000 baht a month. The rent on this large space is 134,000 baht a month and the new tenant will be granted the first three months rent free and the next six months after that at 50 percent off. There are currently nine staff with a monthly payroll of 150,000 baht.

The owner invested 6.8 million baht in building this space but is selling the entire thing at only 3.5 million baht in what is essentially just an assets sale. This is almost half of the investment as the owner is keen to sell quickly.

ASKING PRICE: 3.5 million baht (asset sale and location ) (BKK15783)

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Top-rated Ebay jade business

With a thriving top-rated Ebay store and a long-running online presence this jade carving business is a turn-key ready opportunity for someone looking for an online business. The company has long-term contracts with seven master carving factories in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai to ensure a steady supply of high quality jade products.

There is also a large stock in hand and equipment necessary for in-house polishing and photographing the sculptures. Inventory is valued at over 13.6 million baht and includes large pieces of jadeite in addition to finished sculpture pieces. The business is currently located in Bangkok for ease of shipment and distribution and rent on the premises is only 10,000 baht a month but the new owner would need to negotiate with the landlord on a new lease. The business has seen annual sales of around 1 million baht with a profit of 250,000 baht. There is one employee with a monthly salary of 35,000 baht. The new owner would need to open their own limited company but this is often desirable so that it is ensured there are no liens on the business.

The owner has been running this business for the past 16 years but wishes to sell to retire and for health reasons and so is setting the price at only 3.5 million baht for a quick sale.

ASKING PRICE: 3.5 million baht (BKK15778)

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Well-known specialist musical case factory

This specialist maker of cases for musical instruments has been in business since 2005 and is located in Bangkok. Renowned for their excellent design and quality, these cases are used by professional and amateur musicians to not only store cases but provide stylish protection for their expensive instruments. Their lightweight designs give musicians confidence in traveling as the cases are also provide protection against moisture, dust and heat. The new owner of this business well take over a company that has earned a reputation for finely crafted cases in the musical world.

There are four full time employees with a monthly payroll of 67,000 baht a month. Sales reached 3,040,000 and net profit 350,000 baht last year. This business is set up with an amity company that can be sold to the right buyer. Rent is 20,000 baht and the lease is on a year by year basis. The owner is selling the business as he is moving back to his home country.

ASKING PRICE: 1.2 million baht (BKK15607)

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Well-regarded Khon Kaen transportation company

This profitable transportation has earned a good reputation having been business for 48 years in Khon Kaen, the company has also expanded with two branches in Bangkok. The business has many repeat customers and excellent word of mouth due to its long standing role in the north East. A great team of 60 dedicated staff. The company has 17 trucks for delivery and they are included in the sale. The business saw 36 million baht in revenues last year with a profit of 13 million baht. The owner is retiring and so wishes to sell the business

ASKING PRICE: 55 million baht (BKK15662)

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Modern hotel near Pattaya Walking Street

This modern hotel is very close to Walking Street in Pattaya and has a high occupancy rate and good reviews from guests. The hotel is almost always full and has attracted a strong Middle Eastern clientele.

There is a total of 18 rooms in the hotel, and there are a variety of rooms, all well equipped and roomy. The hotel also has a coffee shop for guests and outside customers.

The hotel has a good income each month, taking in 300,000 baht every month regularly. There are 4 staff with a total monthly payroll of 50,000 baht.

The owner is offering two options; lease the operation with key money of 3.5 million for 3+3 years and rent 100,000 baht per month or purchase the property for 25 million baht.

ASKING PRICE: 25 million baht or 100,000 baht a month plus 3.5 million key money (BKK15785)

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Phang Nga resort complex with room to grow

Located in the popular and growing tourist destination of Phang Nga on the Andaman Coast, this resort complex is set on 44 rai of land, of which only 3 rai have seen development, making this a tremendous opportunity to grow this business.

Currently there are three buildings on the property but the opportunities for villas, hotels commercial offices or condominiums is available. The business offers accommodation and a restaurant along with adventure activities, a popular tourist activity. Hosting events such as conventions and weddings has been a major source of income along with leisure tourists.

There are 40 full time and 10 part time employees with a monthly payroll of 500,000 baht. The property includes 44 rai of chanote land not far from the airport. Annual sales have reached 20 million since its inception in 2015 and profit reached 3 million per year.

The owner wishes to retire and so is seeking to sell this development with great potential.

ASKING PRICE: 375,000,000 baht (BKK15781)

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Sunrise Tacos Franchise  

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With the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year we at Sunrise Tacos see the potential for growth in the region. If you want to be a part of that potential let us know! We already have a branch in Phnom Penh and have added more around Thailand, including our new franchise in Chiang Mai, and are seeking committed, enthusiastic business minded people to join us. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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