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It's a hideaway where the fee is 500 baht entry or a warning off with a gun

Beachfront 'Mafia' Must Go, Say Raiders

Friday, May 22, 2015
PHUKET: Raiders who descended on two ''mafia'' dens at a Phuket beach yesterday found one asking 500 baht entry fee with the threat of a gun and the other with an illegal clubhouse still undemolished.

Navy marines led the operation yesterday on Nui Beach and the nearby ''Dragon Cape,'' where 100 rai of public land is said to have been privately appropriated and possibly already sold to an expat developer.

At Nui Beach, a clubhouse is still operating and at ''Dragon Cape'' there's a thatch bar with four deer in an enclosure nearby.

The manager of the bar told officials who turned up yesterday with the Navy that the property ''owner'' had a permit for the deer.

Sutthawat Naksawat of the Phuket Agricultural Land reform Office said he believed both the illegal ''private'' beachfront operations had been appropriated using ''flying'' sorporkor land titles intended for use elsewhere on Phuket.

The individuals who claim ownership have been given seven days to demolish all structures.

At the end of the seven days, if the demolition work has not been carried out, Karon Municipality will then have 30 days in which to enforce the order, Khun Sutthawat said.

The 100 rai now claimed at ''Dragon Cape'' for use by 500 baht members and ATVs had still been a forest in 2012, the media was told.

According to a Navy officer, local fishermen have also complained at being ordered off Nui Beach at gunpoint.


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Here's your chance, make it right for the people, don't just change who collects the money!

Posted by hotgem on May 22, 2015 08:55


The Natural Resources and Environment Minister General Dapong Rattanasuwan, on Thursday 21st May, revealed that operations against forestland encroachers nationwide would be under way from June 1st 2015.
He urged the joint operations to reclaim state land and forestland from encroachers, particularly investors, to be intensive and with clear action plans.
He urged officials not to believe those citing positions or connections to avoid punishment and affirmed he would ensure disciplinary and criminal punishment to any officials found to be involved.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on May 22, 2015 09:18


Always the same, was one year ago already the talk and nothing happened.

Posted by steve on May 22, 2015 09:41


Confused. This particular place was raided last month and closed down + a order to demolish.
Now, the illegal place is still open and makes illegal profits?
Now ordered the 2nd time to close down + demolish order?

Posted by Kurt on May 22, 2015 09:51


I will paddle around next week and see, and send photos here if nothing done

Posted by Michael on May 22, 2015 13:19


@ Kurt;
Maybe they have one angel in uniform?

Did you expect anything to happen?

Posted by Mr. K on May 22, 2015 13:30


Mr K Every expat know how the authorities work in Phuket, we are not so stupid. Just talk about it and hope a little.

Posted by steve on May 22, 2015 15:58


Nobody enforce an order after the army gone.They just made their eyes closed. Surely that guy did not feel worry anything as it likes a scene for him to act.

Posted by Ms. Y on May 22, 2015 17:07


Incidentally, what happened to the Surin issue of beach encroachment ?

Posted by reader on May 22, 2015 17:13


Something new to me ( Never to old to learn about new things),"flying" soporkor land titles. sounds spooky. Guess it is something that gives room to influential people to have more freedom in being creative 'land ownership wise'.

Posted by Kurt on May 22, 2015 20:10


NUI Beacch, I think, that one with access road to the right after the Kata Noi, Kata, Karon Viewpoint was 1998/2000 a nice free accessable beach where you could drive steep down with your Motobike.
A fully tattooed, heavy drinking man appeared some years later said he is the owners son and developed the place, asked for access money and for parking vehicle some money and the good times stopped. :-(

Posted by Alfred on May 22, 2015 20:47


And the dog keeps chasing its tail...

Posted by Tbs on May 22, 2015 21:39


By thai law, any beach must be free approachable. The charge of 500thb to get access was a criminal act by a illegal occupant.
Today we learned that all illegal activities at Nui Beach were supported by OborJor. ( provincial authorities). There was excavator, owned by OborJor to make a illegal road, and the Navy raid found 2 OborJor employees working illegal activities at Nui Beach. This becomes a interesting story.

Posted by Kurt on May 23, 2015 09:18


They can demolish these ones now they have finished clearing surin. Oh, hold on ..... Those buildings are all still there

But this time we mean it, really, no more last chances, this time we really mean it .... Honest .....

Posted by Discover Thainess on May 23, 2015 09:23


don't know if funny or sad.. every year we can read the same news following with no actions.. bla bla bla is the only things that seems to be possibile in this Island. And the tourist already start to fly away...

Posted by dave on May 23, 2015 11:21


.." Beachfront Mafia must go"..
Excuse me, why the Beachfront Mafia + illegal support working OborJor people at location are not arrested already and waiting trial in the monkey house? Did I miss something? Are democratic processes put on hold, as use too when it comes to so many criminal activities of government officials on Phuket? Did the navy confiscate the illegal working OborJor excavator as evidence in coming court case?

Posted by Kurt on May 23, 2015 12:49

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