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A crane is being used to lower equipment on a steep Phuket site

Phuket's Scenic Coast Road Gains Another Development

Monday, September 1, 2014
PHUKET: Development along Phuket's famously scenic beach road continues with construction low towards sea level on a site opposite the Kalima resort, north of Patong. Engineers are managing to deal with a steep slope. It's not yet clear whether construction will rise above street level, further impeding the view.

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This is a classic example of what is wrong on Phuket. How can this be legal given the current laws?

Posted by Arun Muruga on September 1, 2014 08:31

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but thai law requires the land not be disturbed more than 15 degrees.and check out the new restaurant on the left side of the road to ao sane from nai harn.it's government land.i hope the thai army puts a stop to this blantant construction.

Posted by Anonymous on September 1, 2014 09:35

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How do "we" not know how high it will be?
Surely there are plans that should be viewable and disclosed at whatever department allowed this.
I know it's not your responsibility to go and find out, but someone must know and someone must have signed off on it.

Personally, I think Phuket needs a building ban for the next 5 years so it can re-organise it's self.

Posted by Tbs on September 1, 2014 09:41

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This land with a slope of more than 35% are unbuildable terrain and could be part of a national forest.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on September 1, 2014 10:19

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Looks similar to the resort underway at Ao Yon in Cape Panwa - sad sight!

Posted by Lana on September 1, 2014 11:13

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@ Ed. You can't use that Clarkson word anymore. Your article will have to say they are working on a steep angle or gradient. The Clarkson word is a no no now.

Posted by Robin on September 1, 2014 13:49

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Anonymous, The law states 50 % which equals 26 degrees, slopes above which cannot be built on. The picture clearly shows it is more than 26 degrees. It used to be 35 % but recently was raised to 50 %. It is also prohibited to build within 30 m of the high water mark, The White Box in Patong certainly is less than that from the water

Posted by Guenter Bellach on September 1, 2014 17:55

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Friends Of Thailand Land Laws on Facebook is going to be posting those exact questions. LIKE that page and stay informed, add the places you want someone to check!

Posted by John Upton on September 2, 2014 17:10

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@ Arun Muruga The 'laws' only apply to the less wealthy.

Posted by jonty on September 2, 2014 18:15


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