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Jet-skis were still operating at Phuket's Patong beach today

Crunch May Be Coming for Phuket Jet-Skis, Parasailers With Patong Meeting

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
PHUKET: A public meeting at Patong Council offices next Monday may decide whether jet-skis and parasail speedboats have a future on Phuket.

Patong Mayor Chalermlak Kebsub said today that the Kathu District Chief, Phuket Marine Office 5, residents, and representatives from jet-skis and parasail speedboats would attend the meeting at 10am.

The local interpretation of the rule by the National Council for Peace and Order that jet-skis, along with sunbeds and beach vendors, are barred from commercial activity on public beaches has yet to be explained in detail.

If the jet-skis and parasails at Phuket's beaches are to survive, a system of zoning will need to be implemented so that the vehicles can be taken to and from the water.

Although Patong is home by far to the majority of jet-skis on Phuket, the vehicles are also found at several other beaches, both legally and illegally.

Phuket has no overall authority to control what happens on all of its beaches, so several local councils oversee Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala, Rawai, Bang Tao, Nai Harn and other less popular beaches.


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"The local interpretation of the rule by the National Council for Peace and Order that jet-skis, along with sunbeds and beach vendors, are barred from commercial activity on public beaches has yet to be explained in detail."

That statement seems pretty clear. Jet skis are barred.

"Phuket has no overall authority to control what happens on all of its beaches," Isn't that what the Governor does? Oversee local municipalities.

Posted by Scudman on October 22, 2014 12:09

Editor Comment:

The governor has no control over what happens on Phuket's beaches. Local councils are elected to do that. The governor is appointed by the Interior Ministry. Phuketwan believes a single Phuket Beach Authority should oversee all Phuket beaches, with the Royal Thai Navy enforcing regulations.


How can jet-skies be legally rented out to people without proper driving licence from a public beach?

Posted by Sherlock on October 22, 2014 12:21


Used jet skis for sale any day now ! :-)

Posted by Amazing Thailand on October 22, 2014 13:59


@Sherlock They can't, pure and simple. But then again when you have a system as corrupt as this then it's a free-for-all.

This is a record that keeps on being played and yet nothing measurable has ever been achieved.

It appears anyone can break the law providing you have sufficient backing and funding.

Posted by Graham on October 22, 2014 14:22


My friends and me, we hope that the sunbeds and umbrellas come back in the high season !!!

Posted by Christine on October 22, 2014 14:28


Mr editor, are you saying that the Phuket governor has no sayings about Phuket beaches? Phuket beaches are no Phuket? Governor did walk beaches yesterday to clean them. Was that only for publicity? Well, than it is time NCPO appoint Governor or a stronger authority to executive law and order at beaches. I am flabbercasted that Phuket beaches are not falling under the Phuket governor.

Posted by Kurt on October 22, 2014 14:28

Editor Comment:

The governor has some powers but he does not control everything on Phuket the way thast some people seem to think. Readers seem to like the concept of one person in charge of everything. The reality is quite different. Beaches, education, health, policing and many other areas are not under the governor's control. In many ways, his job involves a lot of coaxing and coordinating.


I hope this is the final end for jetskis and parasailers on Patong Beach.

They confront peaceful beach goers in a very rude way.

I personally have been harassed many times:

-They speak bad words in thai behind your back if you decline to rent a jetski or parasail.

Even people/tourists that dont speak thai understand it is not kind words spoken just behind their back after declining the gangsters proposal.

-They are shouting from far away in a unfriendly way that you have to run out of your way because one of their parachutes are coming down or going up. Completely destroying a peaceful walk on the beach for everyone.

-They are driving their jeeps at full speed on the beach, someimes very close to beach goers and almost hiting them, even though there is at lot of space to drive far beside.
But this seems to be just a normal behavior when you are an "untouchible gangster".

Not to mention the disturbing noise, the bad smelling and the threat to all swimmers imposed by their vessels.

Oh, did I forget to mention all their scams making Phuket and Thais look bad in foregin media and social media?!

Once and for all: get those gangs off the beach and sea and Phuket will be a much more beautiful, pieceful, friendly and less dangerous place for everyone to visit!!

Posted by PhuketFriendly on October 22, 2014 17:24


well with the ASEAN beach games around the corner, this would seem like a smart move to clean the beaches now..if not, it will be a chaotic mess..

Posted by sky on October 22, 2014 18:12


@sky... I think there might be some Jet Ski competition in the Asian Beach Games. Sadly not the right image to set for Phuket, but someone in power obviously thought it would be a good idea.

Posted by Duncan on October 22, 2014 18:47


"Crunch may be coming"? When, 2015, 2020, 2030 .. .. ..?

Posted by Graham B on October 23, 2014 09:49

Editor Comment:

Is Monday too long to wait for the next development?


If I not remember wrong "Crunch time" have passed with more than 3 years! Wasn't it in 2004 the local Government decided that in 2011 all jet-ski use should be stopped? So its a great most other obstacles popped up the last 10 + years.

Posted by Harald on October 23, 2014 12:51


We have been travelling to Thailand for many years, multiple times per year. The issue of sunbeds and beach vendors contributes to the visitors experience. The beach chairs in our mind is not an optional extra but essential part of the beach experience. We love the beach but hate sitting flat in the sand. So much so that we will reconsider going to Patong. I hope that sanity prevails not only for the comfort of the tourists but also for the local people that have been doing this for a living.

Posted by Paul on October 24, 2014 12:02

Editor Comment:

The ruling by the military government is for the future of the beaches, Paul, and unlikely to change in a hurry. Private entrepreneurs were stealing the beaches from the public. Is that an idea that has appeal in your country? The people who were making a living on the beaches had no right to do that because the beaches belong to all Thais.

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