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11 Foreigners, 18 Thais Busted Drinking at ‘Closed’ Hookah Bar in Pattaya

Pattaya police early Sunday arrested 29 foreigners and Thai smoking shisha and playing pool at a bar claiming to be a restaurant on Soi 7.
Pattaya police early Sunday arrested 29 foreigners and Thai smoking shisha and playing pool at a bar claiming to be a restaurant on Soi 7.

Pattaya police early today raided an Indian pool bar, arresting 11 foreigners and 18 Thais for drinking and smoking shisha in violation of the coronavirus emergency decree.

Banglamung and Pattaya officers, led by Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri and Pattaya police chief Col. Phisit Poonsap led the 12:30 a.m. raid on the unidentified restaurant-cum-bar on Soi 7.

The bottom three of the five-story building were dark as an attempt to trick authorities into believing it was closed. An undercover operative ratted out the operation to Banglamung police.

On the top two floors shocked officers found 29 people sucking on hookah pipes, drinking alcohol and playing pool. Eighteen more shisha pipes were found in another room.

Of the 29, 11 were foreign nationals from India, Cambodia and other countries.

All the party people were charged with violating the emergency decree and Communicable Disease Act, using illegal baraku tobacco and shisha pipes.

No owners or managers were identified initially, although it won’t take long for police to discover who was behind the operation.