Why is there no internet site—something like Guestadvisor, instead of Tripadvisor--that provides space for hotels to comment on guests?
Hotels are not able to choose their guests, but they should be able to praise nice ones and warn other hotels of horrible ones. Even better would be if guests could find out who has booked into the same hotel and decide if they want to risk sitting near such people in the hotel restaurant or beside the pool. Hotels can see what kind of people have received a room and treat them accordingly upon check-in…such as putting them in a bad room.
Rating could include polite/arrogant; neat/messy; easily pleased/demanding; thankful/entitled; pleasant to staff/nasty; scrounge amenities/demand more; generous tipper/stingy; steal towels, bathrobe, etc; spend on extras/bring own alcohol; and so on.
Anyone planning a beach vacation in Thailand should know one fact: all beaches are public. Travel brochures with carefully cropped photos showing pristine, uncrowded beaches can be deceiving.
Even the land in front of hotels and private homes cannot be restricted. It seems that hotels can prevent independent operators from setting up umbrellas and lounge chairs, but the cannot prevent anyone from lying on the sand or peddling wares on the sand. Of course, the can restrict access to their property, which protects guests from buying trinkets, fake watches, fruit, coconut milk, etc. once they leave the beach.
The above photo shows the beach adjacent to the hotel, where entrepreneurs rent chairs and umbrellas and hawk food to people staying in town. The open beach is in front of the hotel and is open to anyone with a towel.
I have never had a problem with this feature of Thailand. Most beaches are away from cities, so few people besides hotel guests are ever present. Hua Hin is different, because the beach is narrow and is adjacent to the town. Although it was never crowded, one did not have the same feeling as at a hotel in a secluded bay on Phuket.
The beach in front of the hotel (behind the trees) is less crowded, which suggests some control over vendors. At the extreme left is the sprawl shown in the first photo.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.