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Phuket beach raids net 155 ‘illegal’ items

PHUKET: A total of 155 beach umbrellas, sunbeds, and other pieces of beach furniture were seized from Laypang Beach and Surin Beach yesterday (April 7) on the grounds that they were “encroaching” on public areas.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 8 April 2015, 09:01AM

Wrong place: Officials carry away umbrellas and mattresses from Surin Beach.

Wrong place: Officials carry away umbrellas and mattresses from Surin Beach.

Led by Thalang District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol and Cherng Talay Orbortor Chief Ma’an Samran, 30 officials started the raids at 10:30 at Laypang Beach.Officials

There, they seized four plastic and three wooden sunbeds, 71 cushions and 26 plastic chairs.

Officials asked around for the owner and learned that all items belong to Banyan Tree Resort.

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At 1:30 pm, the troop hit Surin beach and spotted two areas where rows of umbrellas had been set out on the beach, in the “no umbrellas” zone. They confiscated all of them. No one came forward to claim the umbrellas.

All the confiscated items were taken to the Orbortor Cherng Talay office. Orbortor officials will file identify the owners file complaints of encroachment against them.



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Foot | 11 April 2015 - 07:11:26

According to Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong, they were outlawed because of the “…proliferation of chairs and the resulting encroachment on so much of the beach…”  

The chairs, along with shops, bars, and food stalls were so profitable, it was difficult to stop the encroachment so all chairs were eliminated.  The thought is to eliminate the result, rather than the cause.  The police wo...

derngt | 10 April 2015 - 15:28:39

Stegee...I was on Surin beach and the police were involved.....

stegee | 10 April 2015 - 08:08:05

for those commenting on traffic laws and police.. read it again..  the police were not involved in the seizures.. 

benny1503 | 09 April 2015 - 14:09:41

I used to go to Phuket /Patong every year , I will now not go back until They fix this problem.

Disappointed | 09 April 2015 - 11:03:43

I have been to Phuket a lot and have always found it a great place with even greater people - We are booked in for May - This however will be our LAST time there. Unfortunately the powers that rule in Phuket are destroying it's tourist trade - which I suspect it heavily relies on. I feel for the locals who are stuck in the middle.

durian | 09 April 2015 - 09:10:11

They discovered umbrellas in no umbrella zone at 1:30pm. How someone even be at the beach in this heat at that time of day even with umbrellas. And they removing umbrellas????
Nonsense.... Umbrella area should be everywhere especially at those hours.
What a fantastic PR for Phuket and relaxing holidays here!

Phuket Governor should spend few days on the beach as a tourist and experience all th...

durian | 09 April 2015 - 07:46:27

The number of tourists for April is ever lowest and they still chasing away tourists, those last one who came to Phuket. Not having umbrella in this heat? The sun is so hot and people have to lay on directly on the sand. I am watching elderly people caring heavy chairs, they are not light. Why in this bad economy people killing last businesses they still have on this island?
Last week I was in Ka...

Confused Kevin | 08 April 2015 - 16:16:19

I am again confused, the deck chair guys get hell. Yesterday on Naka Island we are chased away by jet skis telling us swimmers are restricted to a 100 meter section of the beach while jet skis own the rest. 
There are slow loris handlers openly canvassing photos. High speed tour boats driving at high speed into the beaches like they own everything, endangering everyone . And we are only worrie ab...

Hotgem | 08 April 2015 - 15:28:05

They can't enforce traffic laws, where people are killed, so they go after the killer comforts of the beach. The priorities here are "amazing"! 

Pinot | 08 April 2015 - 13:56:20

To bad they didn't hit Kamala, plenty there. The problem is the venders are going to push the rules on a daily basis. If no one stops them, there is more stuff the next day. I applaud this follow-up work by some officials. Left to the OrBorTors this stuff would be all over the beach. 

Jahn jensen | 08 April 2015 - 13:50:41

We are meny peaple there are sad about whats happen with beach In Phuket if thay dont change we dont come back.

niko | 08 April 2015 - 10:35:51

Very good PR for Phuket, the police confiscating umbrellas and sunbeds in a beach destination.

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