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Phuket Governor has mind set on 100 per cent virgin beaches

PHUKET: The new governor of Phuket has stated that it is in his plans to remove all 10 per cent zones from Phuket’s beaches, thus leaving them all as virgin beaches.

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Monday 17 October 2016, 01:14PM

Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan said he will gradually remove the 10 pwer cent zones from Phuket's beaches. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot
Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan said he will gradually remove the 10 pwer cent zones from Phuket's beaches. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The statement was made during Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan’s first “Governor Meets Press” meeting held on Thursday (Oct 13) together with Vice Governors Theera Anantaseriwidhya, Siwaporn Chuasawad and Snith Sriwihok.

During the meeting a reporter from The Phuket News asked Gov Chockchai, “Do you have any plans to increase or change the 10 per cent beach rules?”

Gov Chockchai replied, “I have thought a lot about what to do about this, as there are actually no laws which allows 10 per cent zones on beaches.

“Also, it appears that we still have issues with the umbrella and beach chair mafias. There will be no more mafias. It is my duty to work out who will manage Phuket’s beaches, but I can assure you it will not be mafias and they will be run in accordance with the law.

“As it is illegal to have these 10 per cent zones they will gradually be removed leaving virgin beaches.

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“I will not allow people to break the rules,” he said.

“At present the rules will remain the same. However, when I have the time I will educate myself on the beach situation in Phuket and gradually the 10% will be removed . The current situation is certainly inconvenient.

“If vendors want to press me regarding this issue then my decision will be made, I will make all Phuket’s beaches virgin beaches immediately.

“Saying that you are poor is not an excuse to go out and break the law,” he added.



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Kurt | 19 October 2016 - 16:39:59

swerv: With just a bit self discipline you are able to ignore my comments.
You must be a masochist? I dunno. It are your words.

Back to your reaction on my comment.
Yes swerv, Phuket should keep her beaches daily spotless clean.
TAT, thai airlines, Phuket authorities, they all are promoting Phuket beaches very special and beautiful.

Many thai from all over Thailand find a job in the Phuket tourist industry because of the beautiful beaches.
So the Phuket beaches are a asset.
The Phuket officials have to value that, and keep the beautiful beaches clean.
swerv,  not cleaning the Phuket beaches like they do clean the beaches in the countries were the tourist come from ( and are used to clean beaches over there)is like slaughtering the chicken laying golden eggs by offering the present dirty Phuket beaches as something special.
And swerv, don't cry crocodile tears that Phuket has no money to keep beaches clean.
1:Phuket workers do earn lesser than in other by my named countries.
2: The tourist tax Phuket earns daily is covering such very well many times the costs already. So, it is not a money issue.
Do not play: Phuket is poor.

Instead you should spend some energy in asking Rawai Obor Tor why Naiharn beach has 2 beach shower stands for many years ( built after there was a budget given for!) and never connected by water piping.
Completely ridiculous and a waist of budget money.

Sorry swerv, that this comment became longer than you wish, but it due too your reaction on my previous comment.

If you would not have reacted on my previous comment I would not have written this comment.

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Kurt | 18 October 2016 - 14:54:08

Fact:.. Phuket beaches still have jet skies and para sailing.
Fact:.. 2 previous Governors did do nothing to finish it.
Fact:.. The new governor not said any word about it till now.
Guessing:  Some one untouchable 'overlooks' jet ski and para sailing doings on Phuket.
Another explanation is not realistic.

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swerv | 18 October 2016 - 13:34:03

Kurt: Please try to refrain from writing a book every time and is it necessary to keep commenting on the same subject? I get a headache reading and trying to translate your garbage and yes, i could ignore your comments, but the devil in me wants to know what rubbish you are writing...i must be a masochist.

Singapore again? When will you realise that Phuket does not have the financial resources that SG, USA etc have. Simple. It's not rocket science

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Kurt | 18 October 2016 - 11:22:50

By the way, why the Phuket Orbor Tors or who is responsible for cleanness beaches is/are not cleaning Phuket beaches daily like in Australia, USA, Singapore and European countries?

Phuket beaches are a asset, right? Value them! Take care of them!

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Kurt | 18 October 2016 - 10:45:20

marcher, I agree 100% with you. I could have not better written it.
Very true, until May 2014, I was 2, 3 times a week a afternoon at Naiharn Beach. Took chair + umbrella, brought my book, socialized with others, bought a few drinks.
Adding it, I spent quite some money there monthly. But is was with pleasure.
Now adays, actually the last 2.5 years, I only go Naiharn Beach sometimes around 5 pm for 1 hour walking exercise, spend no money.
Indeed, I also have a private 10 meter pool for swimming. I did not go to the beach for swimming. Just walk, sit under the umbrella, enjoy the breeze and the scene.

Point is, something what was thai law wise complete illegal has been removed. I respect that
However, nothing quality came back to replace.
Just still umbrellas, and instead of a chair a plastic thing on the sand.
Quite a improvement, yes/no?

I agree with Sue Yu2, First see what the Governor really is doing to improve beach quality, about cleanness, rubbish collection, and make it attractive for the tourist, than I will believe the words.
Office armchair talks will not work. Tell you on forehand.

Now I wait and see or this Governor on 1 Sunday goes to a beach with towel and swim shorts and go to lay down from say:  11:00 am till 05:00 pm.
Experience is sometimes the best advisor, right?
After that I wait his beach next bulletin.

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Foot | 18 October 2016 - 09:15:58

All of the beach discussions never ask the real question - Why is Phuket shutting down tourism?
It's not the merchant or chair mafia.  The police could have stopped that if they wanted to.
What they did stop was the flow of western tourists. Dramatically.

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Rorii | 18 October 2016 - 06:22:12

This governor admits, to something I have often  said, many "laws" are "fantasy" laws, not actually laws, behalf Joe12 needs to either discuss this with the governor, or just accept the truth, Joe12, either put up or shut up. Though I suspect, even faced with facts, truth etc, you still need to argue.

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bustermanidogs | 18 October 2016 - 00:58:29

yeah yeah big talk but no action again! the jet ski mafia will continue and the new governor will continue to get on his knees for them ! why wait to do anything? the law says no private business on beach, so why not do as they did with vendors? because nothing a Thai official says is ever the truth! they are all corrupt and cowards

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Joe12 | 17 October 2016 - 20:56:41 matters not what occurred in the past.  The present is that the NCPO has ordered a clean up of Phuket beaches, be they sun loungers, food vendors and any property/business within 50 metres of a shoreline. It is way of preserving the environment.  75 percent of people polled in PG prefer beaches without the loungers. Like the 75 percent of the people polled, I want to be able to walk along every beach without being prevented from doing so by greedy restaurants getting in my way or by people laying under umbrellas and thinking they can buy their own piece of beach, indulging in their own selfish pleasures and like slippery snake wanting to  degrade the environment by their actions. 

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Sue Yu2 | 17 October 2016 - 20:09:04

Can't help thinking that the Governor will be led down a path towards yet more compromises. After all, that is the Thai way - all happy, no loss of face. I'll believe his talk when I see it.

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