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Bike lanes are being added in popular locations around the country, at great expense, for the pleasure and safety of the growing number of bicyclists in Thailand. But sometimes no one tells the car drivers who think the new bike lanes are just a colorful place to park their cars.

A 9.6 million baht, 2.9 kilometre long bicycle lane along the beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Mueang district has ended up as parking spaces for car, with police saying nothing can be done about it.

Following complaints from local residents that they can’t use the new bike lane, Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan police station chief Pol Colonel Chayinthorn Sukhonthorn says no action could be taken against motorists who parked in the lane.

He explained that the provincial public works and town planning office had built the bike lane without cooperating with the local administration to issue any law or regulation for its usage, so police could not act against motorists that parked there.

The lane was allocated for cyclists from the beach road in front of Wing 5 Air Command to the Bang Nang Rom Bridge.

Police say they will hold a meeting with other government agencies concerned to discuss what should be done about the bike lane.

Sutthiporn Thiangtham, the mayor of Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan municipality, said the municipality had not taken over the bike lane from the public works office even though the construction work had been completed six months ago.

Parts of the lane’s surface have also been damaged by vehicles, the mayor added.

Aran Chanton, acting chief of the Prachuap Khiri Khan Public Works and Town and Planning Office, said the bike-lane project could not yet be handed over to the local administration because the office was currently in the process of defending the project with the Office of the Auditor-General.

Aran said the agency had questioned the project’s worthiness after it turned out that it had not been used by cyclists but was mostly being used as parking space by motorists.

STORY: The Nation



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Thief steals rescuer’s wallet on Hua Hin beach

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A tourist has drowned whilst swimming at Hua His Beach near Soi 69. Tragic indeed. But a foreigner Good Samaritan who went in to help the man has had his wallet stolen from the beach whilst trying to save the man.

A video taken around 1 pm yesterday shows a group of foreigners doing their best to revive the man; one applying CPR whilst others are providing shade and other assistance.

At this stage the ambulance had been called but not yet arrived.

The man’s wallet contained important documents and money. Hua Hin police are aware of the incident.

The tourist who was rescued from the water died despite the efforts of everyone on the beach.

We will report more about the drowned man’s circumstances when we receive the police report.

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Hua Hin massage shops blocking the beach

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PHOTO: Juckrit Chotphom

The Hua Hin municipality says they’re going to investigate beach massage operators for encroaching on, and blocking, the popular beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

Clerk of the municipality, Jirawat Prammanee, says he ordered officials to check on the operators after seeing posts from a Hua Hin resident showing the beach obstructed by massage beds.

Jirawat said that if officials found the beach obstructed they would order the owners to immediately vacate the area.

The orders follows posts from Juckrit Chotphom who posted a photo in several Hua Hin Facebook groups. The photo shows a worker of Meow Massage lining up massage beds in a formation that completely blocked the beach leading all the way down to the water.

The photo also captured another massage shop that had done the same thing.

Juckrit said he took the photo at about 8am on Monday. He said he filed a complaint with the local office of the Internal Security Operations Command.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Jetski operators in Hua Hin told to ‘stick to guidelines’

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Jetski operators on Hua Hin beaches have been warned to stick to pricing guidelines and beach locations in the Gulf holiday resort.

Talk News Online reports that officials visited Hua Don beach in Hua Hin to rein in the jetski operators. Jetski operators in all seaside resorts around Thailand have a reputation for not following the rules, not adhering to insurance guidelines and scamming tourists.

The Hua Hin operators were told to stick to strict prices and strict areas of operation.

All jetskis and boats were checked for safety and all tourists must be issued with life jackets before they take their ride. Each operator must have proper insurance in place and there must be signs in Thai and English explaining matters.

Director of the Region 4 Department of Coastal Resources Wan Chatree said that complaints had been received by tourists of overcharging and jetskis encroaching on areas where they were not allowed.

“If they strayed from the rules they would get a warning then be chucked off the beach if there were further infractions.”

Operators are legally able to charge 1,500 baht for 30 minutes on a jetski or 2,800 baht for an hour. Banana boats must limit passengers to 5 and they are to be charged 300 baht for two circuits. Undercutting competitors on prices is not allowed.

The Director said that operators were made to sign an agreement to the proposals.

SOURCE: Talk News Online

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