The Damrongtham Centre reports that they have received multiple complaints about overcharging for somtam and other local delights at a number of restaurants which straddle and flank the Mae Sa river, along Mae Sa Valley, Mae Rim.
Officials arrived to inspect many restaurants to find that three restaurnts had no alcohol licenses, yet they were all selling alcohol as well as illegal cigarettes. Officials also confirmed that prices were inflated with somtams often costing upwards of 150 baht per dish and chili dips 200 baht.
Restaurants in gross violations have had all licenses revoked, while those which have only overcharged have been warned and ordered to reduce their prices. Restaurants which had been selling illegal cigarettes were charged 15 times the amount of tax on those cigarettes as well as given a warning.
Authorities ask the public to inform them of any future infractions.