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Umbrellas, beach chairs banned again at Phuket’s Surin Beach

PHUKET: Beach vendors have been ordered to remove all umbrellas and beach chairs from the sand at Surin Beach, on Phuket’s west coast, by May 1.


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Tuesday 25 April 2017, 05:59PM

Tourists enjoy the umbrellas and beach chairs at Surin Beach, but by May 1 beach operators will have to remove their umbrellas and sun loungers for rent – or else face legal action. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Tourists enjoy the umbrellas and beach chairs at Surin Beach, but by May 1 beach operators will have to remove their umbrellas and sun loungers for rent – or else face legal action. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Those who do not comply will face legal action, MaAnn Samran, chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), told a meeting at Provincial Hall yesterday (April 24).

The meeting, led by Phuket Administrative Chief (Palad) Thawornwat Khongkaew, was held for Mr MaAnn to explain reports of encroachment onto public beaches in Phuket, which coincidentally followed the Royal Thai Army presence in Phuket questioning Mr MaAnn over restaurants setting up tables and chairs on the sand at nearby Bang Tao Beach. (See story here.)

“On March 13, 36 beach operators came with reporters and requested for a ‘10% zone’ to be established at Surin Beach. I have already informed them that Surin Beach is a ‘royal majesty honour beach’ (sic), so no such zone is allowed,” Mr MaAnn said.

“Cherng Talay OrBorTor has no power to change that. The request must be sent to Phuket Governor,” he added.

However, Mr MaAnn said he was willing to change his stance if the Governor’s Office ordered him to do so.

“If the Phuket Provincial Office accepts the request, we will arrange to set up zoning at the beach. We (sic) have also talked with some other relevant officers last Sunday. However in this meeting, it is concluded that umbrellas and beach beds must be removed from Surin Beach by May 1,” he said.

Mr MaAnn did not explain whether or not tourists – or expats or Thais – would be allowed to take their own umbrellas and beach chairs and use them on the sand at Surin.

Mr MaAnn’s claim that Surin Beach is a “royal majesty honour beach” follows long-drawn-out plans for Surin Beach to be rebuilt as Phuket’s own version of “Rajabhakti Park” – and hence dedicated to Thai royalty.

However, those plans, calling for an extravagant budget of B800 million, were scrapped last year. (See story here.)

Also, the revised plans announced back then, last September, espoused a much more modest redevelopment of B12mn with the park not to carry any name change dedicated to royalty.

Yet Mr MaAnn yesterday said that instead of B12mn, a reduced budget of B8mn will be spent on creating a new park at Surin Beach. For that price, taxpayers will get a fence.

“The Cherng Talay OrBorTor has requested for B8 million to make footpath fences and create space for a market which will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday to help beach operators displaced by the ban to make a living,” Mr MaAan explained.

Meanwhile, Mr MaAnn said beach vendors could continue to trade at nearby Bang Tao Beach.

“Bang Tao Beach still has the 10% zone,” Mr Maan said.



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Kurt | 27 April 2017 - 12:06:45

Today the Prime Minister asks for quality tourists ( who are that?)
The Prime Minister urged the private sector to help drive the tourism industry towards high quality, sustainable growth.

Well, Prime Minister, than on Phuket you still have a few steps to go.
Before you can ask the Phuket private sector such, you must make the Phuket Government officials to stop their anti tourist beach and blocking private sector actions.

With present regimental unlogical local village chiefs ruling you never get what you want, Prime Minister.
On Phuket tourism is in hands of your officials who have no clue what 'tourism' means.
Not yet talking about quality tourists.

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Concerned | 27 April 2017 - 10:13:40

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 expectations. 
Beach Holidays are supposed to be fun and not labor camp alike. 
Clean up first the trash which you can see all over Phuket also in the back streets
Clean up the undedicated dangerous traffic law ignorant motorists 
Remember Phuket has only one destination to sell
If you want successfully sell a product like tourism and hospitality, you have to sell what your customers want and not what you would like what’s your idea of great holiday - which is perhaps not just shopping.
If Tourists don't get it, they will go to Seaside Resorts in other Tropical Countries where they have it. 

May pen rai

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Andy | 27 April 2017 - 09:44:59

Picked a fight (over money?) with the wrong (i.e. better connected) people.

The beaches used to be kept clean by the beach chair vendors. They removed them.

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Kurt | 26 April 2017 - 21:01:53

Sam Hayman,  I agree with you.
But oooh, wait. How about to keep the budget for beach cleaning in the pocket and appeal on  volunteers once in a while?
Just give them a cheap t-shirt and a photo.
'Budget' spent!

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Sam hayman | 26 April 2017 - 14:48:03

Its a circus!

I cannot believe how dirty the beaches are with rubbish all over the place.

The government cannot even make sure the beaches stay clean.

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CaptainJack69 | 26 April 2017 - 13:43:44

You have to wonder what the Phuket Governor did so wrong to be kicked out after only six months in office when crooks like Mr Maan are STILL here after decades of XXXXXXXXX and XXXXX (redacted by Editor), and apparently STILL doing it.

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Kurt | 26 April 2017 - 12:41:27

Here we go again with each beach it's own nonsense beach ruling.
For what?
When are higher provincial thai authorities so wise to take away the beach 'authority' from the local village and town heads?
Sett a uniform Beach policy for the island of Phuket.
What is so difficult about that?

Or are here perhaps local official financial interests at stake?
Vendors at different Phuket beaches are for sure not happy to be different treated.
Specially as the ruling is not by thai law but by nonsense ruling of the local 'officials'.

Unrest can be expected. Why, after 3 years of present governing regime?
Settle this nonsense on Phuket island.

Again nothing in thinking about to welcome and treat well the tourist.
Tourist-thinking? What tourists?
All these local town hall officials are to busy with their own 'interests'.

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Foot | 26 April 2017 - 12:04:45

-BenPendejo:  Actually, Surin is the only beach with a real specific policy since it's been designated a “royal majesty honor beach,” which means no vendors, bars, restaurants, night clubs, chairs, umbrellas, or tourists.
Should be easy enough to enforce by having a pair of police vist twice a day a remove anyone.

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BenPendejo | 25 April 2017 - 23:27:53

Blah-di-blah-di-blah.  How ridiculous is this???...about the 10th time these bum vendors have been run off the beach, and I'm sure this time will be no different, and they'll be back within a few hours after the Army show.  Maybe the Army should get serious and remove all the umbrellas and crusty rubber mats that are stashed in the bushes further in off the beach road...haul them away and destroy them once and for all.  Then let people bring whatever they damn well want to.  Provide concession licenses to food cart vendors as they provide a desirable service.  But space them at 50-yard intervals and implement a ban on all styrofoam containers.  If these umbrella bums want a job, have them walking up and down the beach keeping the trash cans emptied and orderly while also implementing a trash separation/recycling system.  The potential is there to make a model beach management system, but I have no confidence that Khun Ma-Ann has any concern or vision for the beach.

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