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Phuket Beach Clean-Up 2014
What happened to Phuket's Beaches - August 2014The Phuket Beach Clean-Up is the test-phase of a vast anti-corruption project planned to be applied later on to the entire country by the military who took power in May 2014. This project aims at giving back public land to the people by removing all private businesses that illegally built bars, restaurants, and any commercial activity right on the beach. According to the Building Control Act, no building is allowed up to 10 meters from the beach.
The project started right after army’s seizing of power, and the Phuket Beach Clean-Up did not take long to show results. As the project is still going on, this page will be steadily updated in a way to give you information as accurate as possible about what is happening (or already has happened) to the favourite beaches of Phuket and the venues they used to feature - or in some cases, still do. Buddhism says that nothing’s permanent; get ready to see Phuket beaches (almost) as they were 20 years ago.
Nobody has yet talked about the three famous restaurants built on the rocks between Patong and Kalim, but White Box Restaurant, located at the northern end of Kalim Beach, has already been visited by officials. Only time will tell if this popular restaurant will be removed or not.
The two restaurants - Ruen Thep Seafood and Beyond Resort’s – located toward the southern end of the beach are still operating.
The biggest venue that had to go is the cool Ska Bar, built on the rocks under the huge Banyan tree at the southern end of the beach; nothing but its front signboard and cement staircase remain of it.
All the other popular restaurants – Kata Mama, Re-Ka-Ta, Boathouse, and more – do not seem to be concerned about the clean-up project so far.
According to the latest announcements of the army, all restaurants and beach clubs – Catch, Bimi, Salt on Surin, Diamond, Pla Beach & Restaurant, Sea Breeze, Taste and more – will have to go.
Nai Harn Beach
A dozen tiny restaurants are still open in the area between the trees and the backside of Rawai Temple and a sea view is still available while you lunch or dine.
Kata NoiKatathani Phuket Beach Resort.
The few bamboo and thatch beach bars and boutiques as well as all beach-loungers have been taken away.
Rawai remains exactly the same as it used to be. This rather quiet beach does not host any illegal-considered businesses so far. The popular Nikita’s restaurant to one side of the beach and the cool Baan Haad Rawai Restaurant to the other side are still open, yet the latter had to clear out its platforms & salas set up on the beach side of the little road.
Ya Nui Beach
Some remains of the restaurant’s roofs and other trash have not been taken away yet.
Ao SaneThe Royal Phuket Yacht Club at the western end of Nai Harn. The restaurants and guesthouses set on the beachfront are still operating.
The owners of these relaxed venues told us that they have not (yet) been approached by the military concerning the legality of their venues.
This is in response of century long illegal occupying beach space with illegally installed restaurants. Some made a fortune on it. Now everything is gone. Corruption still very gross in Thailand - money counts. You pay the right guy - nobody will bother you...........CHEERS !