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Prachuap Khiri Khan’s scenic Ao Manao beach reopens today

Jack Burton

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Chon Buri and Hua Hin aren’t the only places reopening their beaches. Today, Ao Manao, the scenic beach in the western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan will also be open to the public. The crescent shaped bay belongs to the Air Force Wing 5 miltary base. Like all Thai beaches, it’s been closed for two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since Monday, the beachfront Fa Chom Kluen hotel has been available for booking for overnight stays. The beach will also open for swimming.

The reopening of Ao Manao is in contrast to the beaches in neighbouring Phetchaburi province, where an official announcement from the provincial governor allows all beaches including the popular Cha-am beach to reopen, but no swimming or watersports. The governor instead allowed food vendors and other service providers, including those who provide horse riding and beach chairs, to resume business.

In Chon Buri, on the east coast of the Gulf, all beaches in the Pattaya area have been open since June 1. But group activities like beach volleyball, jetskiing and banana boat rides are still not allowed. Those who offer beach chairs for rent must follow social distancing rules by placing the seats at least 1 metre apart, otherwise the service will be suspended. A violation could result in up to a year in prison and/or a fine up to 100,000 baht.

In Phuket, residents can still just look, but not go on, their famed beaches. Hotels have been given permission to open again on the island but few are bothering with the costs and expense as there are few people available to fill rooms. Phuket’s airport remains closed although June 15 is being widely tipped, but not confirmed, as the date for re-opening to domestic flights.

Scheduled international flights are still banned until at least the end of June.

In a related development, interprovincial bus operator Nakhonchai Air resumed its services Monday. Travel restrictions under the Emergency Decree had previously banned all trips of more than 300 kilometres.

The company is implementing social distancing rules by allowing passengers to sit only in window seats. Passengers must wear masks all the time and must check in and out before and after boarding the bus by using the Thai Chana app.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    ken jones

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 9:42 am

    It’s very sad the old British colony of Myramar went rogue. It was the jewel of southest Asia up until 1962. It’s vast untapped resources makes the monkeys in Thailand pale in comparision. Well at least we have the memory of the Burmese fighting the japenese while the Thai’s beckoned Faranged nations they now shun to hide and protect the Royal family. One King was born in the USA in Connectitcut. Others wer eharbored in England while thye allowed a prision camp in Thailand to be constructed and humane human rights abused.

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    Jury

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Can somebody tell why the hell Phuket’s beaches are still closed?

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    Henk Spoelma

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Ao Manao Beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan is still not open. Just went there – no entry!

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    liam

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    waiting for a new governor???? open beaches and no swimming, no sense

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    ursula

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    sorry but Ao Manao is only open for the hotel’s guests.i have checked at the gate .So these infos are misleading everyone n are disimpointing too.

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    Alan Morison

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Yes, article is a product of a vivid imagination. Beachgoers are being turned away at the Air Force base entrance and there’s no sign of the beach opening to the public for some time to come.

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    Brian

    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I just got told to go away from ao manao as I watched Thai folk who clearly were not military and I don’t suspect were all booked in at the hotel granted access to go and enjoy the area.
    Another example of selected use of farang. We have all gone through this restricted period and because we are different to Thai people we are still restricted.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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