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10 restaurants demolished on Phuket’s Sai Kaew Beach

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Soldiers pull down structures at Sai Kaew Beach.

PHUKET: Ten restaurants on Sai Kaew Beach, at the north end of Mai Khao Beach, which their owners claim have been there for over 40 years, were demolished this morning (July 24) by Sirinat Marine National Park and other officials, assisted by 150 army troops.

The 10 restaurants occupied about 15 rai of land belonging to the Treasury Department, along the edge of the beach.

Jirasak Chookwamdee, head of Protected Areas Regional Office 5, said, “There are a total of four beaches in Sirinat Park that have been encroached on – Sai Kaew, Mai Khao, Nai Yang and Nai Thon. Sai Kaew is the last one to be cleared up.

“We are going to plant sea pines [casuarinas] and trees that can live with sea water, to make the beach look they way before [the restaurants were there].

“We are going to do this on August 10 to honour HM Queen Sirikit, who graciously gave her name to the national park.” August 12 is the Mother’s Day, Her Majesty’s birthday.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/10-restaurants-demolished-on-phuket%E2%80%99s-sai-kaew-beach-47503.php

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-- Phuket News 2014-07-24

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Well write home about it as that certainly is what you're supposed to do. So far I see no big fish frying, only harassment of low income workers. As I've said before I do hope I'm wrong about the Junta, because if I'm right, it will lead to a very very bad situation.

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Well write home about it as that certainly is what you're supposed to do. So far I see no big fish frying, only harassment of low income workers. As I've said before I do hope I'm wrong about the Junta, because if I'm right, it will lead to a very very bad situation.

I think, to date, the Mayor of Karon has been the biggest fish to go into the fry pan. It will be interesting to see just how "cooked" he gets. :)

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So will we see the expensive, branded condo projects going up on Mai Khao demolished, too? More and more it looking like only low wage workers are targeted.

That's nonsense. More and more it looks like they've laid down the law uniformly.

I don't understand why people write negative things like this. What's happened on Phuket has been a miracle. Buddha bless the Generals.

You are cheering the Junta on, but from where I am sitting I just see the poor people wiped out.

Read the article, they say ALL of the beaches are now cleaned (this being the last) including Nai thon and Nai Yang.

Perhaps you don't even live in Thailand, but if you do take a drive to Nai Thon beach and have a look. The poor punters have been cleared off the beach, but the rich (bangkok owned) mega resorts are untouched. Have a look at the Pullman resort at the North end of the beach, they are trading on with total impunity, in fact they are still carrying further building works as I type. Have a look at the environmental disaster at the southern end of the beach on the mountainside, where just a few months back a half dozen bulldozers and hundreds of Burmese day labourers showed up and clear felled a whole mountainside of National Park...and NO ONE stopped them. Now on that same mountainside there is a collection of shockingly substandard cement structure which breach both the local height codes and slope codes. You will also notice that they have accelerated their building activity in the last few weeks. Oh and lets not forget White haven beach that tuned a public beach into a private enclave, or Trisara that did the same.

And that is just Nai Thon.

Perhaps Simon43 would like to chime in here to give his opinion about whether all of the illegal structures are now completely cleared from Nai Yang...

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^ Ah yes, all those poor people who have encroached on public land… I don't feel a bit sorry for them. The bigger fish are being carefully looked at and the powers that be don't want lengthy court battles with no resolve as has happened in the past. I can't find a "White Haven Beach" anywhere on Phuket, although there is one in Queensland, AUS. White Box on the other hand in Kalim is being closed according to an article in the Phuket Wan that I cannot quote due to forum rule 26...

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Well done...

all those restaurants on public land has been operating paying bribes to corrupt police for decades, with no respect to the nature and public environment.

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I will chime in. At Nai Yang beach, the only structures demolished were the bamboo hut restaurants that local people used, not the more substantial tourist businesses.

I know that there is ongoing investigation into land titles in the National Park, but the businesses on NY beach are just laughing at the army and continue to build their concrete structures.

At Sai Kaew beach, those bamboo restaurants generally again serve just locals with food - they were in place before the tsunami and rebuilt after it.

I know that technically these bamboo businesses are illegal. But I have to agree with Bulldozer Dawn and say that the only businesses that have been demolished in the NP have been bamboo restaurant structures that mainly served local Thais.

I did hear that the army was out in force last night at NY beach, so I'll drive down later to take a look.

Also to add from the recent report in the other paper that Phuket Peninsula resort is not constructed on NP land, that seems strange to believe, since that abandoned project is sitting right on the hillside of the forest reserve.

I know a lot about the NP because I not only built my first small hotel close (but outside) the NP boundary, prior to that project I (my company) owned 6 rai of land in Saku that was immediately adjacent to the hillside of the forest reserve, about 2km from Phuket Peninsula. There was no secret about where the forest reserve of the NP started - it started as soon as the flat land (my land) ended and the hillside began.

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I think Bulldozer is talking about White Beach Resort which is half way between Nai Thon and Trisara. A year ago there was huge excavation above it on the hill which caused massive wash down when it rained. You can still see the sand bags by the road. The excavations have stopped but the scar is enormous. Bulldozer asks many good questions. There are many anomalies. Take Layan. Most of the bamboo structures have gone but Reggae Bar still operating. And Nikki Beach beach club? That's only been affected by the gales and sea spray.

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We are going to plant sea pines [casuarinas] and trees that can live with sea water, to make the beach look they way before [the restaurants were there

And than there will be the day, when cars will be banned and we'll ride with an ox - cart to the office...

​It's starting to become too much and at the wrong end. If it will look, smell and behave and COST like Singapore, the millions who came in the recent past, won't like it any longer. And me, too.

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if the generals don't get this balance between the big shot and the small fish right there will be blood on the street, sooner or later, no question... to get that balance right will be the big challenge for them... let's hope they intend and succeed in doing that...

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Laem Mae Phim encroachment

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