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The group of restaurants in parkland at Mai Khao that faces demolition

Phuket Restaurants at Mai Khao and Surin Fight for Survival

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
PHUKET: The proprietors of about 10 restaurants in the Phuket district of Mai Khao were heading to the local council offices today to plead their case for survival.

The clock is ticking with the restaurants given 30 days' notice of demolition on August 4. The occupiers were today hoping to persuade the council and the Army that their paperwork is all legal and in order.

Owner of the Krua Pru Jeh Son restaurant, Chanakan ''Yok'' Kaewkarn, said today that the Mai Khao premises were not on the beach, were not associated with beach vendors, sunbeds or umbrellas, and were still all being operated by local people.

''There are no foreign investors here,'' he said today. ''We charge reasonable prices and we meet the needs of the tourists who stay in the resorts around Mai Khao.''

He said the occupiers were all locals and met the requirements of the nor sor lor title arrangement that allowed them to operate on public land under the control of the local council.

It's believed that people who ran the beachside restaurants further north at Sai Keaw pointed out the Mai Khao restaurants to the local council before their own establishments were demolished.

The small group of restaurants at Mai Khao and the line of beach clubs and restaurants along the pathway at Surin beach remain marked for demolition, even though a strong case could be made for retaining both.

The proprietors of some of the Surin beach clubs have suggested that rents be increased substantially, and that the rents be devoted to maintaining the beaches properly.

At both Mai Khao and at Surin, loss of the surviving restaurants would reduce the ambience and appeal of what are generally regarded as Phuket's five-star beaches.

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who is or could collect rent on public land ?

Posted by Anonymous on August 26, 2014 13:59

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These owners don't read Phuket Wan do they? All old land titles and bits of paper are worthless, as the military is in charge of Thailand. I read on this site if the Military says you're stall or whatever cannot be on the beach, well it's goodbye then. Military please don't selectively administer the law, the law applies to everyone equally. Keep cleaning up. Thank you.

Posted by Duncan B on August 26, 2014 16:57

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"... loss of the surviving restaurants would reduce the ambience and appeal of what are generally regarded as Phuket's five-star beaches."

That will be argued for many other beaches throughout Thailand. If it is OK for one it is OK for all, if it is illegal for one it is illegal for all seemed to have been the guiding principles.

Posted by Alan on August 26, 2014 18:24

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I won't have anywhere to eat soon.

Posted by Smithy on August 26, 2014 18:49

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Duncan B. Unless you're a huge condo or resort developer, then build away !!

Posted by The War Whores on August 27, 2014 00:36

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I just love one of the reasons they think they deserve to stay is because they are not foreign.

Posted by Tbs on August 27, 2014 01:14

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"The proprietors of some of the Surin beach clubs have suggested that rents be increased substantially, and that the rents be devoted to maintaining the beaches properly."

Really? The arrogance and ignorance to think that now they have been caught doing business illegally that to raise their rent, and their prices to cover it, they should be able to negotiate their way into a settlement? Just go away...

Posted by James Bond on August 27, 2014 02:38

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tbs.. Your missing the point a nor sor lor entitles the local Thai who it was issued to (and can be passed via inheritance) to operate a business there.

If the nor sor lor was being used by a foreign entity it would mean it was illegally transferred, they are saying they are legally the occupiers and are working within the law.

Of course all laws should be applied equally, but just because these are poor people without good lawyers or connections, they should also be able to rely on the protection of the law, not only prosecution under it. Unaccountable military officers should not go around violating the law simply because they can.

Posted by LivinLOS on August 27, 2014 07:23

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@ the war horse. Your english language comprehension skills need updating please? No where have I advocated building. I am all for the smashing down of all illegal structures and buildings, where the military in command of Thailand, are finding falsified land title deeds etc. I never advocated building. Less imbibing please before you throw out a comment on PW. Thank you.

Posted by Duncan B on August 27, 2014 08:14


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