Classifieds 50% off, use promo code FBkpkPromo The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Phuket beach vendors given April 7 Laem Singh access deadline

PHUKET: Vendors at Laem Singh Beach in Kamala, on Phuket’s west coast, have been given until April 7 to access the beach – after that date they will no longer be permitted to cross the privately owned land to operate their businesses on the sand.

tourism, environment, economics, marine,

Suthicha Sirirat

Thursday 23 March 2017, 10:21PM

The news came today (Mar 23) at a meeting headed by Col Dusadee Arawuit, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, and Lt Col Prawut Wongseenin, Director of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Bureau of Consumer Protection and Environmental Crime.

The meeting was held after Col Duasdee and Col Prawut inspected Laem Singh Beach today in response to local vendors filing a complaint about being forced to pay to cross private land to access the beach. (See story here.)

Bangkok Broadcasting & TV Co Ltd (BBTV), the company that broadcasts Thai TV Channel 7, privatised access to Laem Singh Beach in July last year and started charging B100 per person to cross beachfront land that the company claims to own.

Further, access across the land is open only from 7am to 7pm, the company announced with a large sign posted at the site. (See story here.)

Further aggravating the local beach vendors in their repeated complaints about their restricted access to the beach was a blockade set up earlier this month preventing them from accessing the beach, spurring the vendors to stage another protest last Monday (Mar 13).

To this, Col Santi Sakuntanark, Commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment and the highest-ranking army officer stationed in Phuket, told The Phuket News last week,” I know. We told the Phuket Highways Office to block the upper entrance. I don’t want people and tourists to park and go down there.

“Sun loungers are not allowed on Laem Singh Beach, as it was named one of the ‘virgin beaches’ under the original beach management policy.

“We know people are being charged to cross land to access the beach, and we began investigating this at the beginning of March.” (See story here.)

Further adding to the vendors’ grievance, Pairote Thanakunwinij, a legal representative from BBTV, told the meeting today that after April 7 beach access across the land will no longer be permitted.

MY STORAGE - Secure, Clean and Cost Effective Self Storage at Jungceylon, Phuket, Thailand

“The land deeds the company has for this land are genuine. The company bought the 55 rai of land in 1986. There are no mentions on the land deeds of any public thoroughfare across the land. We will allow anyone to check this, not just officials,” Mr Pairote said.

“The company allowed residents to cross the land to access the beach for 31 years (sic) and never charged for it, that changed when the government started its beach management policy.

“Laem Singh was ordered to be a virgin beach – so the company planned to develop the area, but residents asked for extra time to keep working on the beach. The company agreed to allow access for another year and eight months, but that period will expire on April 7,” he said.

Col Dusadee noted, “We have been informed of this situation several times and many officers have investigated this case. At this stage we will not release any details of our investigation, but we have already found officials involved in this issue have been transferred and some people have even died, namely (former Phuket Land Chief) Tawatchai Anukul (see story here.)

“Our investigation is continuing, we are checking the SorKor 1 and NorSor 3 land deeds, and satellite images of the area. Also, this case is still being heard in court. I want to the two parties to be at peace until the court reaches it decision,” he said.

Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong, also present at the meting, confirmed to the vendors that under the beach-management policy Laem Singh had been ordered to be preserved as a beach in its fully natural state.

“The Kamala OrBorTor (Tambon Administration Organisation) has allocated space for the vendors to set up on Kamala Beach,” he added.

Regardless, the vendors present maintained their call to return to providing services on Laem Singh Beach as a way of making a living.



The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
    Forget your password?

Sue Yu2 | 24 March 2017 - 11:32:05

BBTV's comments stating they were not charging for 31 years since they bought the land in 1986 are not true. I've not been going for a number of years because they DID start charging for access. They are using the excuse that it's the Government's fault for changing beach policy, which is completely FALSE.

The Phuket News

BenPendejo | 24 March 2017 - 10:19:15

Amazing Thailand, where illegal vendors have such an unbridled sense of entitlement, that they can petition the Army and local government to demand that they be allowed to continue their illegal activities.  I would be glad to see this place closed, but this will simply create a new illegal enterprise by longtails to start bringing everything to Laem Sing via boat...including chairs, food, drinks and of course, tourists.  These illegal vendors are simply unable to stop their beach bum slacker lifestyles and get real honest jobs like most other Thais.  I just hope the Army keeps at it...and by the way Mr. Army, in spite of your efforts to clear Surin of illegal vendors, they are back in full force, and as aggressive and obnoxious as ever.

The Phuket News

Discover Thainess | 24 March 2017 - 05:37:00

If the access issue is just for the land (not the actual beach itself) why don't they just do what's done at Railay beach and run a regular long tail service from Kamala or surin and carry on as normal - if they are that desperate to continue. Easy to get people and supplies in like that. I am sure tourists would enjoy the short boat ride. 

The Phuket News
Matches 3 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments

Phuket jet-ski operators warned over beach occupation

There is only one way!DONT RENT ONE! Period! Horst...(Read More)

Female Aussie tourists saves Thai woman from drowning at Phuket beach

Oh, I forgot to ask: Where were the beach Life Guards? They already went home at 05:30 PM? Situation asking for a police investigation. And just...(Read More)

Female Aussie tourists saves Thai woman from drowning at Phuket beach

In Thailand, the thai women are the heroes. The family life, the upbringing their kids , it is all on their female shoulders....(Read More)

Female Aussie tourists saves Thai woman from drowning at Phuket beach

Oh dear "Sometimes heroes don’t have to be men,” someone needs a lesson in sexism. Well done to the Aussie....(Read More)

Phuket novice monk in near miss with out-of-control car

Lucky novice monk. Wow! Must have been a scary experience. The Abbot said:.."novice monks and members of the general public could be killed,.......(Read More)

Phuket police hunt for fake passport ‘Swede’ in rental motorbike theft

A Swedish passport is only valid for 5 years. This one 10 years ! ! !...(Read More)

Street sweeper run over by car, left seriously injured

Jor12, kurt has already replied, in that he was asking, a question. In other words, did he suffer a heart attack, that lead to the accident, or was i...(Read More)

Phuket tourism to national parks generates 40% of all park revenues

Lets hope that a part of the enormous amount of money coming in from tourists ( dual ticketing prices for thai and 10 times more for foreigners) will ...(Read More)

Police position-buying graft probe delayed

Discover Thainess: 'We' are trained and experienced in delaying or derailing things. Do not forget the Watt Dhammajayo 'temple' affai...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
Weird World
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.