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Vendors operate with few restrictions on all popular Phuket beaches

Phuket Beach Battle: New Code Set for 400 Kata, Karon Vendors

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
PHUKET: Authorities in Kata-Karon hope to have all beach vendors conform to a new code by June, a meeting on Phuket heard yesterday.

The introducion of the code followed a violent turf war between Cambodian and Thai vendors in February that led to several men being injured and arrests.

The meeting yesterday, chaired by Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak, heard that 400 vendors were currently registered to sell on Phuket's popular Kata and Karon beaches.

Karon-Kata councillor Anurak Yamklam told the meeting that permits needed to be constantly checked. Many of the illegal vendors who frequented the beaches took in 3000 baht a day in high season, so they were content to pay a 500 baht and return to selling.

Local village head Aroonsri Kinma said she believed local authorities were paid off by some of the vendors, so controlling the issue was difficult.

Among the code points highlighted yesterday: legal immigrants cannot sell on Phuket's beaches; council officers have to follow the law to keep the issue controlled; the only people allowed to sell on the beaches were the 400 registered Thai vendors; council plans to meet all 400 vendors to make sure they followed the rules.

It was agreed there would be another meeting on June 10 to assess what progress had been made.


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Do those people pay tax?
What is our tax/revenue department doing?

Posted by Mr. K on April 25, 2012 10:54


Oh good another meeting to assess an obvious black and white issue. Either the vendors are legal or not.

Posted by Hartmut on April 25, 2012 11:01


Try canvassing the tourists to see if they want to be pestered on the beach during their relax time. Put a stop to it. If tourists want to shop, they can browse stalls in the evening.

Posted by Logic on April 25, 2012 13:56


I don`t go to Kata or Karon, Im tired of all these people selling stuff, it's not a law again they can not get down on the beach after 16.30?

Posted by Bjorn on April 25, 2012 15:11


On one day it maybe coming 60 to 70 humans to me and want to sell something to me, this is NOT good I stay far away from Kata and Karon.
And what about the rules to sell on the beach after 16.30 ?

Posted by Bjorn on April 25, 2012 15:18


400! So the tourists can't really relax on the beach without being pestered every few minutes to buy junk. Yeah, that sends a clear message... look at other holiday destinations where you can find some peace and quiet.

Posted by Graham on April 25, 2012 16:22


I'm with you logic please leave some time for us to relax so we can shop when the sun goes down

Posted by Shrek oz on April 25, 2012 16:42


how will they hold a meeting with the 4000 illegal unregistered vendors?

Posted by traveller on April 25, 2012 19:00

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