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Permits Revoked, Paradise Lost

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In my post Nai Yang Beach, Tsunami and Textures, I pointed to this abandoned hotel. This area of Phuket is a nature reserve and lots of building work was done without the proper permits, sometimes issued by corrupt officials, sometimes the builder getting a land permit without a right to build, and building anyway. I suspected it was abandoned because of this permit problem.

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Well the news today reports that this hotel, was indeed constructed without permissions and will have to be removed. Although who will remove it? I see many failed construction projects that are just left to decay. They never find a buyer, they never complete, they just stand there slowly decaying.

On the boat trip to Ko Yao Noi, an peaceful island next to Phuket, I saw several of the smaller islands had abandoned concrete and steel frames. Abandoned villa construction projects. I wonder how many of those projects will also turn out to be bad.

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