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Phuket Q&A: When will beach chairs make a comeback?

Phuket Q&A: When will beach chairs make a comeback?

QUESTION: Hello, can you please tell us what happens on the beach in Karon? Sunbeds and umbrellas? I have already booked but will not travel to Karon when I can’t stay on the beach, I’m 70 years old and the last few years I have stayed for three months every winter. Please tell us! Gunilla, from Sweden.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 26 October 2014, 01:00PM

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office Director Anoma Vongyai replied:
Thank you for informing us of your concern. Actually, I get a lot of complaints about this in Phuket and I completey understand your reason for concern.

The beach clearing organisation made several people satisfied – but it wasn’t ideal for those who were looking to enjoy the island’s sands in comfort. In Karon, like all beaches in Phuket, our intention is for everyone to enjoy the beautiful landscape.

All of the beaches belong to the public so at least you don’t need to worry about spending money on beach umbrellas. I would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

Phuket officials also received complaints from beach goers of overpriced supplies and some workers even made threats to use their service – which was also destroying Phuket’s tourism image. I believe that clearing all the beaches was a great solution, since it helped to erase the (bad) image.

However, at this stage, Phuket officials are discussing ways to resolve this issue. All of the complaints that have been sent to us are under consideration and we will find a way to balance this for beach tourists and operators.

Moreover, I was informed that many hotels have organised a solution for their guests. I suggest contacting your hotel, as they might be able to provide alternative services for you. For example, they may have beach umbrellas near the pool or other facilities they could provide you with for sunbathing on the beaches.

Please do not change your mind, or cancel any bookings at this stage. Phuket still offers a lot of activities, especially in high season.

Officials have organised many exciting events. There are a number of beautiful beaches, an array of exciting food options, a unique culture as well as an old town to discover.
So, go ahead and enjoy your holiday in Phuket.

If you have a question that needs answered in Phuket, email reporter4@classactmedia.co.th

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sadinsea | 06 November 2015 - 02:32:30

I am here now and it is not as nice with no chairs!  The sand is wet from rain, I don\'t want to sit in wet sand.  God forbid the sun be out, I\'ll burn in an hour at 8 degrees north of the equator.  Why not \"clean up\" the water by removing the jet ski and parasailing?  Wont be back.  Raillay and Krabi much nicer

Schof1 | 30 April 2015 - 21:39:26

I am so disappointed to read the no beach chair issue in Phuket.  I am planning a trip to Bangkok in November and had planned to go to phuket to enjoy the beach.  I cannot imagine enjoying the beach without a chair or umbrella.  As a senior citizen with back problems, it will be impossible or me to sunbathe laying on a towel . I am seriously considering changing my plans and canceling the Phuket p...

derngt | 12 January 2015 - 19:51:09

Can someone please explain where we as long term tourist can get our say in regards to the beach issue.  I just read that ten percent of the beach will be used for venders and if you bring your own umbrella it can only be set up on that small 10percent of the land.  Seriously  this is messed up.  Then another article said that Phuket will be trying to attract older senior tourist.  No place to sit...

LORILORIUSA | 07 January 2015 - 21:13:26

We come to Patong now since 2007 this will be our last year.  we usually stay for 1 month, our enjoyment is getting the beach loungers , eating on the beach. First of all phukett stinks of sewer, hookers everywhere, but we love to get out of the cold us weather and come to the beach. I don't want a mat, I want a beach lounger.  This is upsetting to our travel.  What is this government thingin...

LORILORIUSA | 07 January 2015 - 21:11:08

We come to Patong now since 2007 this will be our last year.  we usually stay for 1 month, our enjoyment is getting the beach loungers , eating on the beach. First of all phukett stinks of sewer, hookers everywhere, but we love to get out of the cold us weather and come to the beach. I don't want a mat, I want a beach lounger.  This is upsetting to our travel.  What is this government thinging...

Matts | 07 December 2014 - 05:27:43

I'm from Finland and I'm booked and payed already to Patong for the 20th time on a row!!!  Unfortunately I didn't know anything about this when I booked.  If I'd known I'd gone to some other country, maybe to Bali.  I've been there before and it's good!  Without a sunchair and the nice people who also look after my things when I go to swim, what to do?  I have many frie...

durian | 05 December 2014 - 09:46:15

Without beach people on the beach things getting stolen all the time now. It was two  separate incidents with my friends last week on NaiHarn beach. They both went for swim and when they return mobile was gone and with another friend whole bag was gone and motorbike stolen. In second one motorbike was probably targeted, it was brand new. It is all kind of people hanging out on the beach now, it wa...

verdo | 03 December 2014 - 12:24:31

lets not forget that if you did not pay for a chair they would have your gear stolen!

Tiztom | 18 November 2014 - 23:45:52

Simple solution for families and the elderly, go to Hua Hin, it's so much better and very little harassment from pedlars.
I'm from Australia and for some reason it's not advertised here, I've been to both places and it's a very beautiful place with beach chairs, ponies everywhere on the beach to get you where you want to go and crystal clear waters, and very few idiots, only a...

argentina | 18 November 2014 - 02:31:17

Mr. Phuket Office Director Anoma Vongyai, I beg you to understand the position of many tourists as we love your country, we have many Thai friends, and we come from afar. For 15 years I visit his land from Argentina, across the world fell in love with its people and its beaches since day one. We like to spend all day on the beach and it will be impossible this year. Pay 200 bath for two chaise and...

Tisban | 13 November 2014 - 12:35:15

I was there over in October (I am an Aussie). I planned my trip in January. When I heard the news I wasn't concerned as I thought they would have the sunbeds back but there was non there. As for shade? forget it! Its all taken by the Jetski operators and Ruassians who don't share - I hate to think how it will be in peak high season. I only spent an hour or so at the beach each day. Patong ...

griccy | 12 November 2014 - 08:15:28

I am very sad as is my my wife. We have been to Phuket more than 20 times, and stay in patong merlin. My wife heard this news and said she will not go back now. 100Bt for a chair with umbrella all day is not expensive. But to cook in the sun sitting on a towel is not why we go to Phuket. I wonder if the Government just wnats more money so then organise the chair officially, and massage on the beac...

fedepar | 01 November 2014 - 17:54:55

Dear Khun Anoma, you know better than me that many people, mostly elder people and families, are already cancelling their booking.
Many of my personal friends are changing their plans for the next season and I am afraid that, under these conditions, Phuket will lose the quiet long term tourists that come here to enjoy the beaches, while will keep the three-days-all-inclusive-tours and the guys th...

myangels | 30 October 2014 - 15:21:10

We are a family of with young children (under5) and have been coming to Patong for 3 years now. Its because we love the atmosphere and relaxation on the beach. The chairs and umbrellas are what make our holidays easy. The children can play all day long on the beach as they arent in the sun for long periods, mummy can shop on the beach and daddy gets his massage. We dont have this service in Austra...

lookped | 29 October 2014 - 09:17:43

I am a hotel owner in Patong beach and I have many worried guests that might not come back to Phuket without the service on the beach. Most of our guests in the high season are older and family's and they come here simply for the beach. They are returning guests since 15 years and they stay 4-10 weeks. They go to the beach everyday. It will be impossible in this heat without umbrellas. You als...

JP | 29 October 2014 - 02:01:09

We are spending our holidays in Phuket (Patong beach) now for over thirteen years. We always stay for one month and love to stay on the beach from early in the morning till late in the afternoon. Relaxing, reading a nice book and just enjoying every minute on the beach. How do you want us to do this without sunbeds and umbrellas. We are very upset and sad about the fact that there are no sunbeds a...

Jacky | 28 October 2014 - 00:30:22

We also stay 6 weeks at a time ! 
 so sad ?

Jacky | 28 October 2014 - 00:27:41

We still want the beach chairs and unbrellas, we have been going for 13 years and dont want to lie on the sand., we are 65years old. . . . our favourite place, where do we go now ?

steen | 27 October 2014 - 23:47:13

We will not come back to Karon before Sunbeds and Umbrellas are back. 
We love to stay at the beach from 09:00 until 17:00 reading and enjoy the beach. We need shade so we go for Cap Verde this time .
Johansen Denmark  

dwanny | 27 October 2014 - 20:00:44

All well and good saying the hotels may have arranged something,  we are staying for 6 weeks in January in a guest house,  not everyone can afford a hotel for a long period particularly for 3 months as per this original question. 

toptipster | 27 October 2014 - 18:02:27

This is for Anoma Yongyai......No chairs or umbrellas,  I'm afraid isn't good enough. There isn't enough shade for everybody, and you surely can't expect people to fry on the beach, especially old and those with young families. Can't a  number of beds and umbrellas be authorised, paying tax to the local or bor tor. So it's regulated. You don't have to have rows a...

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