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Army takes down 48 structures on Phuket's Bangtao Beach


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In many places in Thailand, I saw the situation of a luxury resort opening at a secluded beach. Next thing that happens, is that small Thai entrepreneurs open simple restaurants, bars, massage places and travel agencies at the beach right in front of it. These places make up for a lot of the charm that Thailand has for tourists staying in such a type of resort. If they wouldn't be there, all the tourists can do is use the expensive hotel in house facilities.

Of course commercial activities at the beach should be regulated, their presence should be limited.

But those who want all beaches restored to their pristine 1960 condition, please also think about A) tourists, they have different needs than expats, and B Thai families trying to make a living.

Sure, all commercial activity on the beach is illegal to the letter of the law. But a rule which has widely and constantly been broken in full public view for 30+ years , without the transgressors being challenged in any way, loses much of its validity.

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Why weren't the police able to take this kind of action for all these years?........

The are corrupt.

I would place most of the blame on the area chiefs of local government. We all know the police could not care less, all they want is the fine money from road users, protection money, etc.

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Meanwhile Layan at north Bang Tao ( or Laypang if you are a pedantic online news editor who shall go un-named...) remains untouched, unhindred and the locals putting on finishing touches on buildings they cut down numerous trees to erect.

When I see Lotus Restaurant come down, I will eat my hat.

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Why weren't the police able to take this kind of action for all these years?........

The are corrupt.

I would place most of the blame on the area chiefs of local government. We all know the police could not care less, all they want is the fine money from road users, protection money, etc.

Yep and Cherng Telay chief is very, very wealthy, will we have a look into his finances? I figure there is about 5- 6 miles of encroachment on beaches within his jurisdiction. Anyone think he did not profit?

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As somebody else has pointed out the beautiful northern end of Bang Tao beach (Layan) has just this year been turned from what was an unspoilt area into a mass of beach restaurants. However as somebody else has also pointed out, without any local beach restaurants at all the tourists will be very limited in choice. Not sure what the answer is, maybe designated areas where local people can set up shop. Problem is nearly all these beaches are mafia controlled and anybody setting up has to pay protection money to them.

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Meanwhile Layan at north Bang Tao ( or Laypang if you are a pedantic online news editor who shall go un-named...) remains untouched, unhindred and the locals putting on finishing touches on buildings they cut down numerous trees to erect.

When I see Lotus Restaurant come down, I will eat my hat.

One month ago I saw official notices stapled on the wall of most of the structures on Layan beach, probably announcing the demolition, so maybe they will arrive there, too. I hope this will affect the beach club near the National Park, which is a shame of a building (not to mention the loud music you can hear one km from that 'club').

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good news and pattaya is next on the hit list...:-)

I think they are going to have a much harder time there. Half of walking street is built not just over the beach, but over the sea as well! And these are proper structures, not beach huts.

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I Believe the Army have demolition experts. If the structures are illegal then no negations will take place.

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