333 at the beach Zonezi Properties British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Army Region Chief inspects Phuket beaches

PHUKET: Lt Gen Santi Sakuntanark, Commander of the 4th Army Region, based in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, led a team of army personnel to inspect beaches on Phuket’s west coast, including Kata Beach and Freedom Beach, yesterday (Mar 27) to ensure they are managed “for tourists’ security and to preserve nature”.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 28 March 2023, 01:50PM

Speaking during his visit to Kata Beach, Lt Gen Santi said that there had been a large number of Thai and foreign tourists visiting Phuket, and as the host, Phuket must set “management systems and regulations” to offer security and safety to the tourists.

“This requires cooperation from all sectors involved, including government officials, local people, and business operators in the area,” he said.

“Everyone can help create a beautiful environment by respecting the rules; this will effectively attract tourists to the area,” Lt Gen Santi added.

“The important part is that officials must create cooperation and understanding among the business operators regarding issues such as facilitating tourists at the airport, transport routes in Phuket, how the piers are operated, fair-priced fees, beach loungers, boats, buses, construction of shops that could obscure the panorama [of the beach], beach encroachment, forest encroachment and the problem of tourists being taken advantage of,” Lt Gen Santi continued.

At Freedom Beach, Lt Gen Santi boarded a boat to survey the beach and the coastline from the water before meeting with local authorities.

“Freedom Beach has been clearly announced as a preserved nature and environment area, so the beach must be kept in its original state. Nobody is allowed to do business [on the beach]. If anyone violates the law, the maximum penalty will be imposed,” Lt Gen Santi warned.


“It is time to set management [protocols] for the key tourism attractions. The charm of the sea is the beautiful beach, the clear water, and the panoramic view without obstacles. If we do not do it today, then when will we start? Do not let the beach management in the past go to waste,” he urged.

In the afternoon, Lt Gen Santi visited Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew to discuss measures to help solve problems and promote cooperation in order to yield “satisfying results”. “Every sector must work together without conflict,” he said.

During the meeting, Lt Gen Santi raised the topic of deforestation, saying that the departments involved can cooperate with the army for the manpower and equipment to reclaim as soon as possible forest areas that had been encroached on.

Following the meeting, the commander visited the Phuket operations team of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Region 4 branch, to encourage the officers and emphasise that their operations must be morally upstanding. “They must not get affiliated with mafias, and not accept bribes,” Lt Gen Santi said.

He also said that they have to get close to the local people by understanding the identity and local culture so that they can be a part of the community and create confidence and safety among local people and tourists.

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.

* (Not Hotmail/Outlook)

Fascinated | 29 March 2023 - 14:30:50

'Storm troopers'- hardly storming the beach from the sea? Someone needs to step away from the Sangsom. this was just a dog and pony show. I count around 6 army and 5 Navy in the pictures- its hardly Nuremberg. If this is what it takes to break the mafias bring it on- strange some here don't want change to the status quo.

JohnC | 29 March 2023 - 09:06:41

WTF has the army got to do with tourism development? Storm troopers hitting the beaches like this is more likely to scare off tourists than make them feel "safer". I wouldn't be surprised to hear this guy runs for parliament in the next few years, because that is what he seems to be doing, trying to increase his presence and popularity just like any politician does. 

Capricornball | 28 March 2023 - 17:11:56

And I'm not sure what "former management" he was referring to, because as long as I have been here, there has been nothing but utter mismanagement with all actions focused on getting more baht. I'm mean, I hope he goes to Surin to see what a complete craphole that has become. It has become a Russian ashtray and local trash dump (south end). There's still jetskis and boats too...

Capricornball | 28 March 2023 - 17:06:51

I've long held that the only way to lasso in the various mafias that do so much harm to Phuket's image (public transport cartels, jetskis thugs, beach chair thugs, etc), was to call in the military. LtGen Santi sounds like he at least has some concern for the natural beauty of Phuket, and hopefully disdain for those that violate it. 

Old guy | 28 March 2023 - 14:33:39

Not a good sign when a military commander arrives on public beaches with support troops before an election. 


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Five vehicles damaged in Phuket wet road crash

Well car nr 2-3-4 and 5 tailgated, so this 4 cars have wrong in this accident. ...(Read More)

Hospitals inundated as norovirus infections rise

We should take this island over- do funder and buy it. . Cannot stand to see how it is being abused ...(Read More)

Five vehicles damaged in Phuket wet road crash

Maybe "initiated by one vehicle tailgating", but was followed by at least four other moron...(Read More)

Phuket hits last lap in bid for Expo 2028

@DeK. I live here because there are many benefits. I complain because things could be solved by th...(Read More)

Phuket people invited to greet King and Queen of Thailand

Go back to sleep under your bridge for a few more hours, your hangover appears far worse than normal...(Read More)

Phuket police reunites tourist with lost wife

I was having breakfast at the Marriot in Nai Yang this morning, and I overheard this guy named Ivan ...(Read More)

Phuket businesses to pitch tourism development proposals to Move Forward

Great photo accompanying the story, PN. Ostensibly showing a cruise ship loaded with tourists visiti...(Read More)

Hospitals inundated as norovirus infections rise

As PPHO, + of course Governor for photo session, know so well to explain about gastrointestinal infe...(Read More)

Phuket hits last lap in bid for Expo 2028

@old guy Why you keep living here if everything is such a mess ? ...(Read More)

Lifeguards issue jellyfish warning

As pointed out, the bluebottle is not a jellyfish, although it loosely fits the common language desc...(Read More)