As some of you may know, Non-Thai people cannot officially own any land in Thailand. So if an American or European owns a home or business in Thailand, they either have a Thai business partner that controls the majority of the company or they are just leasing the land. Westerner can't buy houses in Thailand but can legally own Condos as they are built on isn't officially theirs and only leased for 30-99 years.
Without knowing the Thai partner's side of the story, it looks like he got greedy and decided to let Tiger Muay Thai build a world class gym, and 48 rooms of accommodation before telling them to fuck off his land. TMT hired lawyers but legally they were screwed. When I asked the manager why they don't demolish the buildings before they leave, he informed me that it would be illegal if they did.
I'm not sure what the Thai guy is going to do with the space, but I'm sure he will have terrible karma for what he did. Will he get respect and face for having a world class Muay Thai gym all to himself or will it remain empty and unused because whatever gym gets built there, I'm sure no westerner would go to after hearing how shady he was in obtaining it.
It's a shame that what could have been a great alternative to Tiger Muay Thai Phuket in a quieter, cheaper location near Chiang Mai is never going to exist. I'm sure some people are happy about it, but either way, it's really sad news to hear of anyone getting ripped off that badly. Here is a video of what could have been, would have been.
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