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Navy torpedoes appeal for Phuket beach sun loungers to return

PHUKET: The appeal by Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup to allow sun loungers in a restricted area on Patong Beach has been torpedoed by provincial authorities with a resounding, “No”.

tourism, patong, military, corruption, economics,

Tanyaluk Sakoot

Saturday 21 January 2017, 09:00AM

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup’s call to repeal the sun lounger ban has been sunk by provincial authorities. Photo: The Phuket News / file
Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup’s call to repeal the sun lounger ban has been sunk by provincial authorities. Photo: The Phuket News / file

“They are banned. Sun loungers are not allowed on any beach in Phuket,” a resolute Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok told The Phuket News this week.

“If the authorities will not allow sun or sand loungers, then they should at least clearly write the beach rules denoting what is – and what isn’t allowed – in the 10% zones at all Phuket beaches,” Mayor Chalermluck told a meeting at Provincial Hall last Thursday (Jan 12).

“The vendors created these ‘sand loungers’ for the tourists. If the tourists did not ask for them, the operators would not have made them,” she said.

“I request that the provincial authorities give 10% (of the beach area) to allow operators to provide beach chairs and umbrellas,” she added. (See story here.)

Mayor Chalermluck’s call for provincial authorities to allow sun loungers with umbrellas back on at least part of Patong Beach came after the Royal Thai Navy on Dec 23 ordered vendors at the beach to remove “sand loungers” – sun beds sculpted from the beach sand itself – as the Navy had deemed the creative sun beds to be in breach of the “beach-management rules”.

The Navy then issued a slew of orders to vendors at all beaches where the 10% rule apply, with a deadline of Jan 15 to comply.

On Tuesday (Jan 17), V/Gov Snith met with leading officials for Kata-Karon, as well as Navy officers and local police.

One issue was that the 10% zones still had not been marked out at Kata or Karon beaches, which V/Gov Snith ordered be done as a priority.

He also called on police to enforce the beach-management rules.

“After today, I repeat, officials and police must take action against the people who do not want to follow the rules,” he said.

“For their first offence, give them a warning. For their second, arrest and fine them, and record their details. For their third offence, arrest, fine, record their details and seize the offending property.

“For their fourth offence, prosecute them,” V/Gov Snith ordered.



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Timothy | 25 January 2017 - 09:56:30

There have been beach chairs and umbrellas all along Layan beach for many weeks. Also, all the illegal restaurants that had been removed 2 or 3 times are rebuilding again. The local "officials" never seem to notice... These people don't learn. They cannot follow any type of rule of law. The beach looks like a dump. One crappy bar/restaurant after another.    

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skip | 25 January 2017 - 08:22:38

and for the 5th offence, tea and biscuits and for their 6th offence crumpets and toast and for their 7th offence a smack on the bottom. effective reality... mandatory penalties... for 1st offence 10,000 baht and cancellation of permit, 2nd offence of ignoring the cancellation... 20,000 baht and jail for 3 months. 

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Beach Mafia | 22 January 2017 - 07:21:46

Looks like the navy are doing a good job but i doubt that some police will enforce the law fairly and take on the beach mafia as some bad police partner with them for commercial exploitation of foreigners using Phuket beaches.

Time to kick the beach mafia out of all the beaches completely as they will never respect the law and always break the rules as well as collude with the bad police to make money from farung using the beach.

I am sure that you will still find the beach vendors at most Phuket beaches today and in the future no matter what happens. They will always return.

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eric dekegel | 21 January 2017 - 16:33:28

Of course the V/gov and the navy people never leared the word tourism,tourist,income at the university.If they had learned there would be no mess like today,if all thais are even then why in kao lak and all other islands there are sunbeds and umbrellas,no the thais are not all egal for the law. I think we have to hope that the next governor and leader of the navy are tourism minded people and no underminers like the one in charge now.And where is Prajuth who wants happy thais and happy visitors????

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rawaiozman | 21 January 2017 - 15:33:29

Can you please explain why 'no'????

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