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Tear down signs and walls, a vice governor tells Phuket authorities

Tear Down Private Walls Around Valuable Public Phuket Beach Strip, Says Vice Governor

Friday, November 27, 2015
PHUKET: Walls and signs declaring that public land is ''Private Property'' should be pulled down immediately, a meeting heard yesterday in discussing the future of a Phuket beachfront strip worth billions of baht.

The strip covers 187 rai and takes in large sections of Laypang and Layan beaches.

The claim that the land is public is disputed by the occupiers of one beachfront business, Tony's restaurant.

A number of other beach restaurants now operate between the five-star Banyan Tree and the former Nikki Beach Club.

It's claimed the unusual strip of public land was created by tin mining in the sea off the beach. Mining ended about 40 years ago.

Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat told the meeting at Thalang municipal offices that walls and signs claiming private ownership should be pulled down and replaced with council signs declaring the land public.

The shorefront, ignored for years, now appears to be the target of a greed rush of the type seen on Phuket when the true value of long-disused beachfront suddenly becomes apparent.

The Chief of the Thalang Land Office, Watchara Buatong, told the meeting that residents had complained about an extension by the former Nikki Beach Club, now under new management, and asked him to check the chanote property title.

A check was being made, he said.

The legality of a restaurant alongside the beach club was also being questioned, he said. The premises border a national park.

With the ban on sunbeds at more popular beach destinations such as Patong, Kamala, Surin and Nai Harn now being strictly enforced, discreet rows of sunbeds have now appeared on or near Layan beach, possibly considered to be a part of the west coast that is not often visited by enforcing officers.

A decision is expected next week in a case brought by the occupiers of two beach restaurants seeking financial compensation from Cherng Talay Mayor Ma-Ann Samran.

At the same time, some of the beach clubs on Phuket that appear to have survived the military clearance of commerce from the holiday island's beaches and foreshores are intensifying marketing campaigns.


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I hope they follow all these issues up. Tony's restaurant and all the other "whack - a - mole" vendors need to be taught a severe lesson.

Posted by soapy on November 27, 2015 09:55


One of the last nice beaches left unspoiled. Please keep it that way. Last week the restaurant next to Nikki had rows of ugly umbrellas encroaching on the beach.

Posted by Nedster on November 27, 2015 10:05

Editor Comment:

Yes. We photographed the jet-ski, too.


You should stop reporting that the ban on sunbeds at Surin is being "strictly enforced"... it isn't. Go there today and you will see 80% of the beach covered with those crappy rubber mats, evenly spaced, just like the old days (sans plastic beds that everyone is crying for).

Posted by Richard Vickers on November 27, 2015 10:21

Editor Comment:

We didn't report that the ban on sunbeds at Surin was being ''strictly enforced.'' Your inability to understand and analyse what you read is, fortunately, your problem. Our problem is being expected to be at all 18 Phuket beaches at once. (Cry for your plastic bed if you must, Richard. But don't expect help.)


I agree that " walls and signs declaring that public land is "Private Property" should be pulled down immediately but I don't agree that they be "replaced with council signs declaring the land public." The Vice Governor and officials should say "NO" to anymore signs as they do nothing but clutter up the beach and it's foreshore and obstruct the beautiful views. Visitors travel here from all over the world to see Thailand's natural beauty. They don't want photographs of their beach vacation ruined by ugly signs. A virgin beach has no place for signs. They don't last and when they rust and fall down, they just add to the garbage problem on Phuket's beaches because nobody bothers to pick them up. The last signs that were put up on Layan Beach are evidence of this. Still toppled over in the sand making the beach look like a garbage dump.

Posted by Paradise on November 27, 2015 19:27


I can verify that something like 80% of Surin Beach was occupied by umbrellas today.But its ridiculous to think everyone should sit unprotected from Phuket's sun !!

Posted by Chob on November 27, 2015 20:17

Editor Comment:

I wonder when the hirers will be removed?



Posted by Richard Vickers on November 27, 2015 21:59

Editor Comment:

If you can't add value, Richard, you're wasting your time. But not mine. Can't you tell the difference, Richard, between a sunbed and a rubber mat? No? Now that's a real pity.


Go on governors and officials, clear the beaches from tourists and after you can deal with empty dirty beaches(who will not be cleaned anymore by the people who run there small business)no more prosperity in Phuket. When will all of you come out of your air conditioning office and serve the people who elected you and pay your salary every month. 25% less european tourists this season, next season even more you should all be ashamed to carry a thai uniform and serving(?) the country. Every tourist destination in the world who call them self high standard destination have ORGANISED sunbeds, CLEAN toilets and offer drinks and food. Phuket not open your eyes and wake up if you want to safe the island!

Posted by Eric on December 2, 2015 17:40


phuket is living. a big dilema ..after the tsunami it was the best to know phuket without the 50 million bath villa and long empty clean and pristine beaches,brand new roads and sidewalks,all very clean and very prices no trafic jams no russian no chinese and no europeans...that was a once in a lifetime i guess

Posted by Anonymous on December 6, 2015 07:34

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