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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.

By The Phuket News

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 Phuke...

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.

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 ...

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!

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 ...

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.

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.

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

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 alon...

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.

marcher | 17 October 2016 - 18:59:39

Actually I don't care what they do to the beaches now. I came to Nai Harn for the beautiful beach, but have not been down there for the past two years. There was a time when one could spend the day relaxing on the beach all day with a maximum of 2 rows of chairs and plenty of room for games. Unfortunately that increased to 9 rows at the South end. The rising tourist trade. Now at 80 years old ...

Kurt | 17 October 2016 - 18:20:28

The PN reporter was asking a good question.
Pity that he did not ask about jet skies and para sailng.
Perhaps asking during next meeting?

Hopefully the Governor executive his plans before the high season starts.
That create clearness. 
And the coming tourists know what to expect. That is fair to them.
And why not, as Governor has mind set?

Kurt | 17 October 2016 - 17:54:48

Was there a law before May 2014 to forbid chairs and umbrellas at the beaches?
The last 2 years removal and 10% zones  are just 'fantasy rules', not based on laws?

The Governor said: "As it is illegal ( by law?) to have these 10% zones I will gradually remove them"..

Does this mean the last 2 Governors covered illegal activities  with fantasy rules? ( 10% zone's).


sharp | 17 October 2016 - 17:53:45

Removethe jetski thugs then ill listen !

slippery snake | 17 October 2016 - 17:47:19

Ridiculous,, many people like and use the 10 % of beaches set aside for sun umbrellas and mats,, I don't understand why they can't have beach loungers too for comfort of many ( especially older) tourists, instead of trying to build a beach lounger out of sand..
I am 67 and would pay 100B for a sun umbrella and lounger, but not just to lie in the sand on a mat...   He may as well take away...

eric dekegel | 17 October 2016 - 16:13:35

“At present the rules will remain the same. However, when I have the time I will educate myself on the beach situation in Phuket 

Is this guy serious and a governor ? or again someone who will chase away the tourists? Saying this at a press conference is showing the capacities of this person, Its not when he has time he  WILL ORGANIZE EVERYTHING BEFORE THE HIGH SEASON STARTS ON 1 NOV THAT HIS...

phkt-2016 | 17 October 2016 - 16:02:52

Dear Governor Chockchai,
Kindly ask the tourists coming to Phuket what they like to have as beach services?
Does the Virgin Beach policy incorporate the removal of jet skies, para sailing and other motorized water sports?

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