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Some of the best-known bars in Soi Bangla are in the ''public'' zone

Phuket Public Land Investigation Could Give Soi Bangla a Green Park

Thursday, September 17, 2015
PHUKET: Reclaiming public land in Patong's Soi Bangla walking street could provide the seaside holiday centre on Phuket with a large park close to the beach, officials said today.

The contentious area, now under investigation, extends back on the south side of Soi Bangla from the beach road in a triangular shape, the Senior Officer of Patong Municipality, Poonsak Naksena, said yesterday.

''More than two decades ago it was public land, no question about that,'' he said. ''Now we have to assess whether it should be returned to public use.''

The man who could best explain what happened with the land, influential former Patong mayor Pian Keesin, died last year. It's thought that the land was offered to beach vendors to get them off the foreshore, under norsorlor titles.

Those titles cease if the original benefactor moves on or if the land is used for a purpose other than the original purpose.

It's believed most of the original benefactors have sold their interests to others - including some foreigners - long ago. The arrangement is similar to that at Surin beach, created after the 2004 tsunami to help locals recover.

As at Surin, the 33 blocks involved at Soi Bangla have become bars or shops, and the ''owners'' have benefitted from years of prosperity with increasing numbers of tourists visiting Phuket.

A committee comprising Khun Poonsak, the present mayor of Patong, Chalermlak Kebsub, the Chief of Kathu Police Station and Vice Governor Suthee Tongyam are looking into the ownership conundrum.

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How about an independent team not affiliated with Patong or Phuket look into it instead. Might find the committees work is done fairly quickly.

Posted by Ciaran on September 17, 2015 12:10

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I hope this moves faster than all the other land grab cases which seem to have stalled. Come to think of it, has anyone arrested by the Army actually been prosecuted except for a few taxi drivers?

Posted by Arun Muruga on September 17, 2015 13:02

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What about the narrow shophouses along with the road behind Jungceylon. They're built above the natural river, which lead the water away, that floods lower Patong now. Are they also on former public land?

Posted by Sherlock on September 17, 2015 13:31

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If it's public land who do they pay rent to?

Posted by rich on September 17, 2015 13:49

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Is it to early to print a google map for the area under investigation?

Posted by phuketgreed on September 17, 2015 14:09

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Will the jet ski operators put it to better use once it's public land again?

Posted by juswunderin on September 17, 2015 15:15

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Nothing will happen except maybe who collects the 'rent' and maybe the conversion of the shops (who pay very low rent) into bars (who pay much higher).

And really that is best solution, a dark, unguarded (which it will be) Park in middle of nightlife area is a very bad idea in any country.

Posted by Lashay on September 17, 2015 16:06

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Ciaran

do you mean someone from Finland?
As the rest of locals are well interconnected,and you know this well.
It's not realistic that this investigation, bar restoration of property rights, is concluded thoroughly , impartially and efficiently.
However, even if partly, then it will be a step forward.

Overall the entertainment zone should be moved off the coastal zone,there is no need for it to be there,somewhere behind Nanai Rd. or other location,subject to availability of transport and other infrastructure.

Posted by Sue on September 17, 2015 16:26

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Give it to the jet ski operators. They own Patong already...

Posted by the man on September 17, 2015 16:33

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How far up bangla does the base of the triangle stretch? Maybe kangaroo bar is going to be put back to the jungle. Hope not!!!!

Posted by A joe on September 17, 2015 17:41

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Sue...somewhere behind Nanai road?..where alot of residents who prefer not to be near Bangla choose to live and have some peace and quiet?...what stupid suggestion

Posted by sky on September 17, 2015 18:19

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Maybe since there are farang-owned businesses, something will happen...and that something will be that the Farang get shafted and gouged for big bucks, then locals will move in and try and do the same thing. One thing I am confident about, is that nothing meaningful will happen...and a few crooks will make some extra money.

Posted by Richard Vickers on September 17, 2015 21:31

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Change of Land papers and landlords I'm guessing will be the outcome

Posted by Sharp on September 18, 2015 07:37

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Sue leave Nanai out of this please I live there for a reason and so do may others its nice quiet and away from Bangla

Posted by Harry on September 18, 2015 11:04

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ED. please let me help u this time... SUE u most be one stupid idiot!

Posted by frog on September 19, 2015 13:05


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