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Wish they would ban all the beach chairs etc on Cha Am beach as well. The people

that own the chairs think that they own the parking area in front of the beach also

and throw a fit if you park in front of their area.

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Legal or not, I thought it looked quite nice around that end of Surin Beach, but being Dumb also thought it was a private club/hotel, never realised it was public land? Does Ripping it all down really make this area more appealing to tourists and hence bring money to the area? Yes is nice to have open beaches, but some people want to use beach sunbeds and have the choice of a cool beer/drink etc... Just saying like, do not condone illegal establishments, but then here in LOS define Illegal? lol...

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Amazing. Tourism figures already suffering so what can they do next? Well we did the curfew ermm...Oh, let's see, how about making beaches places where you can't lay on the beach on a sunbed and get a beer!! Great stuff, I heard Vietnam has nice beaches though, and you can get lunch and a glass of wine too! And everybody here saying "quite right, if it's not legal they should go" will be the same people whining about how Thailand doesn't do enough to get tourists in... Incredible mentality of an already pretty much f*cked up country. Too bad, such a glorious country be stripped bare

At Nai Harn you can or could buy a beer on the beach you could also cut your foot to pieces on broken beer bottles on the beach and in the water. Take 20 seconds to walk across the road for a snack or beer and please don't bring the bottles to the beach.

Vietnam is a lovely country depending on the nature of the people they will either get it right or they also will have to have a reset in the future as is happening here. Tourism down for now but when word gets out of the changes and the military rule is wound back, they will come.

I think many would agree it is special in todays world to stand with your back to the man made world and see nothing but sand, surf, reef, islands a few other people enjoying a beautiful natural resource.

That's if they don't knock down those very same restaurants on the road at Naiharn too, which is what they were talking about on Phuket Wan just yesterday. You're describing your Utopia of empty beaches, surf and reef etc. Unfortunately, other people like to lay on the beach, on a sunbed and grab a beer if they want. Most people will take a 2 week vacation and enjoy a to relax on a nice beach, be able to take a fresh water shower and eat or drink without getting a taxi to go find a restaurant that's not on the beach. Tell me, where will people go from Surin Beach to get a glass of water or lunch? Apart from the beach places there is only hotels. Even less at Layan beach. When those beach shacks go (the people that own these beaches also do pick up any bottles and cigarette ends etc) there is nowhere at all to get refreshments, either alcoholic or otherwise.

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Amazing. Tourism figures already suffering so what can they do next? Well we did the curfew ermm...Oh, let's see, how about making beaches places where you can't lay on the beach on a sunbed and get a beer!! Great stuff, I heard Vietnam has nice beaches though, and you can get lunch and a glass of wine too! And everybody here saying "quite right, if it's not legal they should go" will be the same people whining about how Thailand doesn't do enough to get tourists in... Incredible mentality of an already pretty much f*cked up country. Too bad, such a glorious country be stripped bare

At Nai Harn you can or could buy a beer on the beach you could also cut your foot to pieces on broken beer bottles on the beach and in the water. Take 20 seconds to walk across the road for a snack or beer and please don't bring the bottles to the beach.

Vietnam is a lovely country depending on the nature of the people they will either get it right or they also will have to have a reset in the future as is happening here. Tourism down for now but when word gets out of the changes and the military rule is wound back, they will come.

I think many would agree it is special in todays world to stand with your back to the man made world and see nothing but sand, surf, reef, islands a few other people enjoying a beautiful natural resource.

That's if they don't knock down those very same restaurants on the road at Naiharn too, which is what they were talking about on Phuket Wan just yesterday. You're describing your Utopia of empty beaches, surf and reef etc. Unfortunately, other people like to lay on the beach, on a sunbed and grab a beer if they want. Most people will take a 2 week vacation and enjoy a to relax on a nice beach, be able to take a fresh water shower and eat or drink without getting a taxi to go find a restaurant that's not on the beach. Tell me, where will people go from Surin Beach to get a glass of water or lunch? Apart from the beach places there is only hotels. Even less at Layan beach. When those beach shacks go (the people that own these beaches also do pick up any bottles and cigarette ends etc) there is nowhere at all to get refreshments, either alcoholic or otherwise.

Pack a lunch and drinks in a cooler....you ever heard of a picnic.

Yes and when you're at home it's easy, grab stuff from fridge, haul the kids to the car but when on holiday and staying in a hotel room it's not so easy is it, really?

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Please Please Please be Nay Yang Beach Next....bulldoze all the buildings on the beach with the taxi Mafia inside them.....It is like the wild wild west in Nay Yang now with everyone including the local police ignoring the laws...!

Also set a licensing and control policy for any taxis operating at the beach and make them leave their cars in the northern end of the park, leaving the roads clear of many black cabs.

Please General get the military in to sort the mess out.

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I think one of the problems here in Thailand is that if you let someone do something in order to help them, then eventually they will feel it is suddenly their right and fight for it as such. As an example, the government could allow someone to put beach chairs, small movable bars etc. on the beach, which would do no harm, but in no time that will translate into full size concrete restaurants and bars occupying the entire beach. The same goes if you let someone temporarily use an idle plot of land just to be nice. In no time their will claim it is their land, and you will be fighting an uphill battle to get rid of them.

Therefore the government should be very careful when letting anyone occupy public land, no matter how innocent the original purpose (such as beach chairs) might sound.

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"Yes and when you're at home it's easy, grab stuff from fridge, haul the kids to the car but when on holiday and staying in a hotel room it's not so easy is it, really?"

It's not that difficult either. Coolers are not hard to find, 7-11s sell ice along with other food and drink. For the folks who are on holiday who don't give a toss what happens to environment I have no sympathy. For those of us that happen to live here, I think most would like it to look clean, natural as possible, and nothing to be ashamed of.

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The mistakes were made at the beginning. Now the little guy will suffer. Hummmm. The state should sell off the land to the businesses for a small price.

How is the little guy suffering? Every single Thai in Thailand (including even the smallest guy) know that if you do not have a title deed to your land, then it is not your land. They also know that no title deeds exist for any part of the beach anywhere. Hence, people decided to take a chance when they built their business on land they knew was not theirs, and which could not legally be leased to them. Are we now to feel sorry for them?

Further, I think you will find that most of the illegal occupants are not so "little" afterall.

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