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Poll: Does Phuket need more virgin beaches?

PHUKET: The new governor of Phuket, Chockchai Dejamornthan, last month stated that he plans to remove all “10 per cent zones” from Phuket’s beaches, thus leaving all sands along Phuket’s coast as “virgin beaches”.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 1 November 2016, 04:27PM

Sun loungers on Karon Beach. In their heyday, sun loungers were available on nearly every beach in Phuket. Photo: Brunner Hans Rudolf  / Flickr

Sun loungers on Karon Beach. In their heyday, sun loungers were available on nearly every beach in Phuket. Photo: Brunner Hans Rudolf / Flickr

The hotly debated “10% zones” are last bastions where vendors may work on beaches in Phuket, and were introduced by Phuket’s previous Governor, Chamroen Tipayapongtada.

However, the “beach rules” in Phuket specifically apply only in Phuket.

The 10% rule does not apply anywhere else in Thailand, not even in Khao Lak, just one hour’s drive north of Phuket, or even on Phi Phi or elsewhere in across the bay in Krabi.

Gov Chockchai last month noted,, “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,” Gov Chockchai said.

With the annual tourism high season nearly upon us, The Phuket News asks readers, “Do you support Gov Chockchai’s plan to clear Phuket’s beaches of all vendors?”

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Responses available are:

  • Yes, all beaches in Phuket should be clear of all vendors.
  • Yes, clear the beaches of vendors, but allow tourists to bring their own sun loungers.
  • No, leave the ‘10% rule’ in place – it is the best solution so far.
  • No, allow vendors back on the beaches, which worked well for tourists for years.

To vote in the poll, click here.

The poll will close at midnight on Nov 14, just before the high-season tourists begin to arrive.

If your preferred response is not available, feel free to express your opinion in the comments section below.

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eric dekegel | 05 November 2016 - 14:59:45

Well being the first to comment all following comments are following our vieuw as farang, but I not saw 1 comment of a thai, who is also concerned and here we speak about income.Its's clear that the I don't know anymore governor, I lost the count will be the one who will organize, he is here just to cut rubans,eat and drink for free, thats reality.Many are already building up slowly there ...

Concerned | 04 November 2016 - 09:53:39

Well said Kurt : 
if you over 50 and have worked you whole live you are perhaps in tile for a little comfort to lie in/on a beach chair from where you are more easily able to get up. It is the Farang over 50 generation who has the cash to afford 5 star Resorts they are the big spenders who enjoy a day on a clean beach on beach chairs and sun umbrellas in peace and comfort.
Young fit Backpackers ...

Ed Sanders | 03 November 2016 - 18:46:19

Yes Kurt...Thai beaches are all virgin beaches... just like all gogo dancers on Bangle Road are virgin dancers.  And my point Kurt that I didn't mention, is that tourists should be able to do what they want here...and I don't see anything wrong with allowing local people (not beach mafiosos) in obtaining permission to rent beach chairs and umbrellas for tourists to put wherever they damn w...

Kurt | 03 November 2016 - 16:39:47

Are the present dirty Phuket beaches--> Virgin beaches??
I don't think so. 
They are thai dirty like the Phuket road sites with all the blocked water removal infra structures when it rains and coz floodings.

Thai and environment cleaness, it still bites each other.
On Phuket there are more foreigners then thai concerned about it.

Wait until AFTER Long Krathong festival, and see how...

Kurt | 03 November 2016 - 16:28:05

Ed sanders: With very much interest I red your comment.

--Yes, in the past the beach chair workers were providing ash trays ( cutted plastic bottles).
--Yes, soft sand, but very hot soft sand.
What is the difference  of 'space taking' between a plactic mat and a chair?  ( mats were previously in the chairs).

About all the other correct things you wrote I not need to comment. You ar...

Ed Sanders | 02 November 2016 - 23:25:04

Oh boy oh boy.  Glad to hear so many people chiming in on the needs for dumbass plastic beach beds. Speak for yourselves, I loathed the jam packing of the crappy things, stuffed along the shore until there was no open sand left to sit in.  Beach beds are for rocky and cobbled beach, like in the Mediterranean. Here in the soft white sand, the chairs provided an area for fat-asses that can pick them...

Rorii | 02 November 2016 - 17:46:47

Kurt, a week or so back, the  "laws" were called "fantasy" laws, and were illegal, but not only those associated to the beaches, this is something I have said many times, only to have our "friend" Joe12 disagree... well Joe12, an apology is well and truly over due. Laws have to be passed by government, not by anyone else, including mayors, police, immigration officers...

Kurt | 02 November 2016 - 15:27:12

I do like all the comments below here.
Very true, it shows something we all understand.
Why do Phuket authorities not understand it?
Answer: No affinity with beach culture on their own island.

Kurt | 02 November 2016 - 13:05:55

There we go, this governor plainly said it; There are no laws which ALLOW 10% zones at Phuket beaches.
That means the last 2 previous governors have been acting illegal and breached thai laws.
My jaw drops.

Previous governors, more than the last 2, also did allow freeloading mafia ( non tax paying!! )at beaches with chairs and umbrellas. That people became rich with their 'beach free stat...

Andy | 02 November 2016 - 12:28:22

Many good comments here.
I cycled along Surin beach yesterday, the place is a complete mess, there will be some angry tourists come December high season. Yes, the beach clubs had got out of control but look at what's left - a junkyard. What is forgotten is it was the beach vendors that cleaned the beach and kept the place tidy. The vendors wanted you to enjoy your visit and come back again.

Concerned | 02 November 2016 - 07:57:41

Tourist needs 
Most Tourists come to Phuket from the cold part of the world because of the sunny warm climate, beaches and the sea…
In order to have a good holiday vacation it is necessary to provide them with proper clean Beach Faculties, Toilets, Beach Chairs, Sun Umbrellas, and Food Drinks etc.
Where Phuket prosperity comes from? 
From Happy Visitors who have perhaps different needs and e...

Foot | 02 November 2016 - 07:34:54

Eric is correct.  It takes diligent work to be a popular world tourist site.  Phuket chooses not to do it.  
Don't make the beaches inviting or comfortable with chairs and umbrellas.
Don't off the myriad of beach restaurants, bars, and shops that most tourist desire.
Don't make the roads safe but not enforcing traffic laws.  etc.

Phuket has, evidently decided, regardless of the r...

samantha | 02 November 2016 - 06:08:15

"There will be no more mafias."

The umbrella and beach chair mafias are down there everyday at Surin beach and have been for several months.

They're also lighting fires illegally and filling the beach air with smoke yet no one from Gov Chockchai's office is stopping them and we all know why!

Nasa123 | 02 November 2016 - 04:48:37

If you should certainly have bed and umbrella then travel to Ao - Sane beach after Nai Harn 200 Bath for a bed. Good luck.

Benjaml1 | 02 November 2016 - 03:23:56

Virgin Beach ? Clean water in Patong Bay would be nice. Last May there were blooms of "Nitrates" AKA "Sewage" in the water !! Beach vendors are fine, at least they are clean...

eric dekegel | 01 November 2016 - 17:30:35

I say already since this joke started that its easy to regulate, that the government rents out by sqm to the locals that they can do there business you do it like an auction like they do in europe, with the benefit keep the beaches clean,bring life guards like they do in many parts of europe and the world, I am ready to help the governor and meet him in person to explain him , he can after run awa...

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