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A jet-ski operator tests out the swimmers' zone at Patong beach

Future of Jet-Skis on Phuket Likely to Be Decided This Week

Monday, November 24, 2014
News Analysis

PHUKET: The future of jet-skis on Phuket is likely to be resolved at a meeting on Thursday where the issue of beach sunbeds and vendors will also be discussed.

Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong has the power to ban the dangerous and noisy machines from Phuket's beaches, in line with the wishes of most tourists.

A previous governor has already declared that jet-skis should be taken off Phuket's beaches but the seven-year phase-out that he implemented fizzled and the machines are now operating on more beaches than ever before - even some beaches where they are supposed to be banned.

Phuket's neighboring provinces of Krabi and Phang Nga have no jet-skis and it would make sense for the ''Andaman cluster'' of holiday provinces to present a united front and develop a reputation for being environmentally friendly.

Phang Nga and Krabi also ban sunbeds and vendors, in line with Thailand's laws about public beaches.

Because the opinions of tourists have not been considered in previous meetings where the future of Phuket's jet-skis has been discussed, only solutions that suit jet-ski operators have been proposed at the beach where the majority of the island's jet-skis operate, Patong.

Instead of talking to tourists who are swimmers about their wishes, the concept of zoning appears to have been put forward by jet-ski operators and accepted by Patong authorities.

The use of lines of buoys to keep swimmers separated resolves some safety issues but it gives over hundreds of metres of the beachfront to the machines.

What it means is that people who settle on the beach opposite the jet-ski zone will have to put up with the noise. They will also have to leave their possessions and walk possibly hundreds of metres to safely go for a swim in a swimmer-only zone.

The dedication of so much space along the beachfront to jet-skis would show the world that in Patong, the jet-ski business takes priority over the wishes and the welfare of the tourists who come to swim at Phuket's main swimming beach.

This is unwise for the future of Patong and Phuket.

The parasailers are even more disruptive and clearly represent private commerce on a public beach.

The question of how commercial transactions relating to jet-skis take place without the use of the public beach also appears to be impossible to resolve.

Any visitor to Patong will see touts selling jet-ski rides to tourists on the beach and on public space behind the beach.

It's time the phasing out of jet-skis, proposed so many years ago and accepted by everyone, was brought to a ''natural'' conclusion.

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Have unfortunately no faith to municipality here in Phuket, just look in Nai Harn there Resturang just gets bigger and bigger every day, And Kata there are bars for beer, vodka etc all the way and Polisen just smiles and waving to those who sell. And the jet-skies are parking on the sand to Kata beach.

Posted by Bjorn Ronningen on November 24, 2014 15:47

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It's illegal to let inexperienced people drive these things. Any attempt to rent out without checking a proper licence, should result in having the perpetrators jailed, which it doesn't.
And wait and see, other beach business will soon appear.

Posted by Sherlock on November 24, 2014 17:09

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C'mon authorities... open your ears to the tourists and make the obvious decision. You can do it.

Posted by Duncan on November 24, 2014 17:14

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"PHUKET: The future of jet-skis on Phuket is likely to be resolved at a meeting on Thursday"

Wishful thinking but,
Never Happen...No way !!

Posted by Jimmy Rawai on November 24, 2014 17:32

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Dear Editor,
I was until last week a firm believer in allowing the tourists to have everything they desired, within reason, if it was regulated properly.
After all Phuket is a now firmly a mass market destination catering to mostly Russian, Chinese and Koreans on package holidays.
"Quality tourism" on an acceptable scale was never a realistic prospect.
However after a few days of peace on Kata and Karon beaches thanks to the Asian games I now realize how much of a delight it is to NOT have the incessant noise of jet skis and inconsiderate behavior of the parachute boat operators. IT was BLISSFUL and I now realize I was wrong and am fully behind a TOTAL BAN.
Also as much as I was hoping, like most of us living here, that finally something permanent was being done about the tuk tuk and taxi problems, I must report that all the animals are back in their places both in Kata, Karon and Patong. I use the word animal loosely but having personally witnessed a number of incidents over the years it's really more of an insult to the animal kingdom.
All the gangs are back in their usual places taking over the parking spaces and looking even more unpleasant than before possibly because they don't have the benefit of electricity now.
THE ARMY HAS MOVED ON AND WITH IT ANY LASTING HOPE OF CHANGE.
I SHOULD FINALLY REALISE THAT IN THAILAND LITTLE WILL EVER CHANGE, SAD BUT TRUE.

Posted by Honesto on November 24, 2014 19:31

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If you want to compare Phuket's beaches with Rio's and Bondi beaches then remember those beaches outlaw jet skis.just sayin'.

Posted by Anonymous on November 24, 2014 21:43

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Can't they just ask Steven Hawkins?

Posted by Hevens on November 24, 2014 23:12

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Well Governor here's the opportunity to show some dash and do the morally right and courageous thing, be a leader and lead make the difficult but righteous decision & just think of the photo opportunities with the various diplomats envoys consuls & ambassador's the positive world wide media reports the banquets with world foreign affairs visitors praising you for your commitment to tourism and all those press the flesh opportunity's which can only lead to increased foreign aid, do not let the chance go by.

Posted by slickmelb on November 25, 2014 01:50

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Anonymous,
Jets skis are not banned at Bondi or many of the coastal beaches. Enforcement of maritime rules especially regarding speed, minimal distance from swimmers and the requirement to drive in a regular manner, basically limited to a straight line, within 200 meters of the beach results in self exclusion.
There are many areas where they are banned or exclusion zones have been created including the whole of Sydney Harbour and high traffic areas of major waterways but generally the rules and local speed restrictions determine areas where they are worthwhile riding.

Posted by Manowar on November 25, 2014 02:44

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it's Asia, not Australia, so they create here Inclusion Zones, where part of beach strip is also inclusively included, so that jet-ski could happily jump out of the sea.
And unlike boring over-regulated Australian world, everything included for the utmost satisfaction of jet-ski customers

sincerely
Your jet-ski service Payment Assistant Team
(prompt service 24/7)

Posted by Sue on November 25, 2014 05:39

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hi manowar your comment about jetskis being allowed in bondi bay but not within 200mtrs is true.BUT 200mtrs out from the beach you are actually out in the ocean.just about where they have just caught 2 white-pointer sharks.the only jet-skis that are allowed are driven by beach inspectors saving lives,these are kept on the beach and used to rescue dumb people who go out and get washed out to sea.we do now and then get people who venture out of sydney harbor and drive the 2kls around to the bay,but if they come past the headland no more jet-ski and a beautiful big fine in court.so here we have bondi as i am looking at right now while having a beer from my balcony the water is crystal clear no beach lounges no shades today although people do bring on a hot day. ill go for a swim soon and not get run over by a jet ski or boat.you just think if they ban these rev-head things the water in phuket and the moss on the rocks will return once again.(sue are you for real)

Posted by bondi on November 25, 2014 08:33

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Bondi, I think you are missing the point. If maritime rules, acceptable boating practices, licence requirements were enforced then there is no need to ban jet skis because they could not operate as they do currently.
Problem solved!
I thought once they left the beach they were in the ocean and as for the White pointers, the ocean is full of them, always has been and always will.
The only way to solve Bondi's White pointer problem is to remove topless sunbathing.

Posted by Manowar on November 25, 2014 09:02

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Where and what time is the meeting on Thursday?

Posted by Amazing Thailand on November 25, 2014 09:13

Editor Comment:

You would need to call the Governor's office to let them know you are going.

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hi manowar i understand what your saying but these op[operators would seen get license to use. funny but topless now seems to be a thing of the past on bondi (worst luck)

Posted by bondi on November 25, 2014 13:59

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To get my confidence back for a filled "rice bowl" for all habitants on Phuket the disappearance of all commercial jet ski's, Para-Sailing and all maffia rulled Tuk-Tuk and cheating Taxi's should be a minimum demand. But due the fact I lost my confidence in Thailand. I keep my sign hanging: "House for Sale".

Posted by phuketgreed on November 25, 2014 14:11

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Bondi,
Luckily the white pointers were caught in pairs. Those nets are proving to be effective booby traps.

Posted by Manowar on November 25, 2014 14:58

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Sue,
So how long have you been providing 24/7 service to the jet ski team for payment. I hope someone conducts due diligence before signing any agreement to avoid any unexpected surprises.

Posted by Manowar on November 25, 2014 15:20

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Those jet skis are too dangerous....
many people will be hurt or killed...
many others will be riped off.....
most of the people do not have a proper licence...
They must be take away for sure..

Posted by Anonymous on April 28, 2015 02:59


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