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Slowly, Phuket beaches see return of sun loungers

PHUKET: As announced by The Phuket News yesterday (Mar 2), sun loungers returned to Kata Beach today under the watchful eye of Gen Santi Sakuntanak, Commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment and Phuket’s highest ranking army official.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 3 March 2017, 04:47PM

Gen Santi also confirmed that tomorrow (Mar 4) Karon Beach will see the return of the sun loungers.

Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan told The Phuket News on Wednesday (Mar 1) that sun loungers would be allowed back on Kata Beach today and later will be allowed back onto all nine Phuket beaches with “10% vendor zones.

However, as with Patong, where sun loungers were allowed to return to the sand on Monday (Feb 27), the loungers must remain inside the 10% zones, Gov Chockchai warned. (See story here.)

A large group of tourists looked on in surprise earlier today as the sun loungers were set out in two lines at Kata Beach.

Karon Mayor Thawee Thongcham was in attendance, however, he remained silent as Gen Santi and his team of officers from the 41st Military Circle of the Army Region 4 base in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, along with beach vendor representatives and Karon Municipality officials, inspected the area.

Speaking to The Phuket News during the inspection, Gen Santi said, “I have told Karon Municipality that the sun loungers must always be set out like this, there must be no change, and I will come back in one month to assess the situation.

“Today I have overseen the sun loungers being placed at Kata Beach, and the next place they will appear is Karon Beach,” he said.

“We will then have to see how the situation is,” he added.

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When asked if he had seen the plans for the sun-lounger zones at Karon Beach, Gen Santi replied, “I haven’t seen them yet, but this plan must be sent to the Phuket Provincial beach committee by Karon Municipality.”

The Phuket News also asked Gen Santi what would happen to the signs placed at the beaches which have now become obsolete due to the return of the loungers, “Each municipality must redo the signs,” was his reply.

He also said that the Phuket Provincial beach committee will re-announce about the new beach rules, and also that his views on today’s beach inspection will be presented to his superior.

Gen Santi then reiterated a warning to tourists, “Tourists must not place their rented umbrellas outside of the 10% beach zone.

“It is illegal,” Gen Santi announced.

Chief of Karon Municipality Public Works Department Wanchai Saetan welcomed the return of the sun loungers to Kata Beach.

“Today Gen Santi has allowed the sun loungers back to Kata Beach and tomorrow to Karon Beach. They will remain here for one month and then the situation will be assessed,” he said.

When asked whether the new 10% beach zone plans had been completed, Mr Wanchai said, “The plans are not complete yet, they need to be modified again to show exactly how the beach here in Kata has been laid out today.”



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BenPendejo | 12 March 2017 - 18:32:48

The first major step of things going right back to what they empty sand available, 4 or 5 rows of stupid plastic chairs being managed by surly beach punks.  Never have  I seen a bunch of bumbling officials that have no idea what they're doing, that just kowtow to the greedy rich people that never had the right to do business on the beach.  This sucks.

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Kurt | 05 March 2017 - 12:54:19

There are many top beaches in the world were is no sun lounger 'industry'. 
For different reasons as on Phuket. 
Guess because the beach season there is just a few months of the year.
But at these top public beaches private sun loungers are allowed.

At some French beaches are professional sun lounger areas. The exploitants lease a number of square meters from the city for a whole yearly beach season.
They are officially registered with the Government and pay taxes.
( It is a simple contract between the Vendor and the City Financial Dept, no Governor, Generals/Admirals involved)
Trying to crab more illegal square meters is a serious sin!
Than you loose your lease immediately at once.
In all European countries one can come and go freely with own loungers, chairs, umbrellas to the enormous stretches public beaches.
Who cares? Feel free. Why to make it a complicated government problem?
What the government gain about it?

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Rorii | 05 March 2017 - 06:11:56

Swerv, besides the idiosyncrasies of Phuket's illegal "fantasy " laws, could you please inform us, less travelled  people, where some of these beaches are, where loungers are "banned", certainly there are none in Australia, where, admittedly, we do not see many loungers, Aussies must be a strange "race" where we can simply sit on the sand.

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Discover Thainess | 05 March 2017 - 05:30:17

Kerrrrr - Ching !! :-)

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Bigaresort | 04 March 2017 - 21:39:33

Just dont use the chair's and the problem is solved,


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swerv | 04 March 2017 - 13:22:16

Foot: I agree. There are many top beaches around the world where sun loungers are not allowed.

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Foot | 03 March 2017 - 21:37:01

Eliminate the 10% zones.
Make the beaches tourist friendly again.

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Kurt | 03 March 2017 - 17:27:36

It is exciting! A Governor, a Admiral, a General, they themselves take the dust of the 2.5 years stored chairs/loungers.

A re-call of their orders of May 2014.
And no explanation is given, ...why?...
Are they admitting that removal in 2014  was wrong, and want to re-install?

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Kurt | 03 March 2017 - 17:20:57

Who are the owners of the beach chairs?
The same rich vendors as before their removal of the beaches in May 2014?
Seems all loungers/chairs were just stored, waiting for today, the day for sure to return.  hahahaha.
Is the government in control of the rental fees?
When chairs were removed in 2014, the fee was 100 thb.
How much is the fee now, and who established/control the chair fee at the start of the low season.?

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