Connect with us


A Decade Ago: Fears of sex on the beach in Phuket



PHUKET: Facebook profile pictures turned into rainbows following the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States two months ago.

The US Supreme Court ruled in the Obergefell versus Hodges case that state-level bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.

However, a decade ago in Phuket – now well-known for the flamboyant Pride Week – the Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community found Karon Municipality being a wet towel when it came to flaming fun.

Despite then Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura having signed off on the ‘Nation Party’ – the largest LGBT festival in Asia – Karon Municipality was worried about ‘the possible consequences of hosting’ the event.

Ironically, municipality officers stayed in the closet, well at least behind closed doors, during the meeting. Previously, the party had been held in Singapore, but was denied a licence in 2005 as it was ‘contrary to public interest.’

Kata-Karon Mayor Thawee Thongcham, who is still in charge of the popular tourist area despite facing recent charges of conspiracy and aiding of illegal activities carried out by criminal associations, said locals were worried about noise and drunk revelers possibly having sex on the beach. We assume they were not talking about the cocktail.

“We don’t have problems involving sex. We don’t want teenagers seeing and copying bad behavior,” Mr Thawee said at the time.

We will leave it to you, dear reader, to sort out exactly what that thinly veiled comment was supposed to mean.

Karon leaders actually got double exposure in the August 20-26, 2005 issue of the Phuket Gazette, not only in their handling of the Nation Party, but also for a crackdown on aggressive tailors.
A total of 144 tailor shops were issued warnings about aggressive touting techniques and taking advantage of tourists.

Ten years later, it is hard to imagine that the warnings did much good. An additional concern about the tailor touts was that ‘many of the shops hire foreign nationals, mostly from India and Nepal’. Again, one has to wonder what the local community watch and call on Immigration Police for support actually accomplished.

Anyone wanting to see a blatant disregard of touting laws, which is a job reserved for Thais, need only visit Ton Sai in Phi Phi and see what a sun-kissed farang tries to drag into some backpacker bar for bucket loads of Sex on the Beach. Clearly, Mr Thawee is not around to water down that party.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Central Thailand45 mins ago

Lost baby elephant recovering from multiple injuries

Entertainment3 hours ago

Too much free time – Malaysian puzzler slices and dices Mr Potato Head

Crime4 hours ago

UPDATE: Polish men identified after assaulting Cambodian woman

Sponsored5 hours ago

St. Andrews International School, Green Valley, proud to achieve globally recognised Green Flag award

Crime4 hours ago

Document forgers arrested in Chon Buri

Phuket6 hours ago

Canadian hitman in Phuket killing moves closer to extradition

Thailand6 hours ago

The Ultimate Thrill & Chill, Day & Night Place in Phuket | Blue Tree Phuket

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Video6 hours ago

Dancing to the rhythm of her own beat ft. Sophie Indracusin | Thaiger Podcast EP.15

Crime24 hours ago

VIDEO: Thieves mess with the wrong gold shop owner in northern Thailand

Thailand24 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Immigration Police to Revise Visa Extension Criteria

Expats1 day ago

Pattaya visa legend dies of cancer

Tourism1 day ago

Transport officials expect tens of thousands of bus travellers in Thailand during three-day weekend.

Phuket1 day ago

Chinese tourist found dead in Phuket

Crime1 day ago

Overstaying former pro footballer arrested for hawking lottery tickets in Thailand

Thailand1 day ago

Twitter investigation discovers mass censorship & blacklisting under previous regime

Thailand1 day ago

Brief history of the Japanese Onsen in Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11