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?”
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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