Connect with us

Phuket

A Decade Ago: Invaders of the nude variety

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET: The Phuket Gazette‘s page one story a decade ago was about water supplies being enough to keep Phuket’s thirst quenched for the high season. However, the juicy part of the January 14-20 issue was the ‘Inside Story’: Are nudists itching to invade Thailand?

The Tourism Authority of Thailand had called on Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura to see if the island would be willing to go full monty to please Goldman & Partners, the operator of the Costa Natura ‘naturist’ resort on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, as it looked to expand into Thailand.

The website of Castaways Travel, which specialized in ‘clothing optional’ tourism, was quoted in the Gazette article as stating: “The reason Thailand is included in our website is that we believe social nudity and nudist beaches, if not resorts, will happen in the future. Nudity is not yet accepted in Thailand, although topless sunbathing is quite common… Finding a deserted stretch of beach to bask in the sun nude is possible, but you will have to hunt for the spots, since nudity is not accepted in any public area whatsoever.”

Clearly, Castaways Travel was wrong. Nonetheless, their website – ten years down the line – holds the same position: eventually Thailand is going to be down for a naked frolic.

However, as an Austrian and American tourist found out just last week – that time hasn’t come yet.

Good, old-fashioned police work saw Patong officers track down the two young women cruising the streets of Patong, baring their breasts to the general public. The women were dragged down to the police station, given a lecture, a slap on the… wrist, and fined 500 baht.

If bare hogans are going to cause issues on the streets of Patong, good luck sharing them on Cape Panwa, in Thalang, or anywhere else in Thailand.

In fact, it was just in November last year that police booted two foreigners from a public park in Phuket Town for stripping down to their bikinis to sunbathe.

“I am aware that officers took this action to ensure the safety of the women,” Capt Chatchai Choonoo of Phuket City Police told the Gazette at the time. “We do not have officers stationed at this park, or other similar parks, to ensure the safety of women who might be sexually harassed while sunbathing in bikinis.”

If they aren’t safe in bikinis in the middle of the day, how safe is an elderly German going to be if he decides to give up the banana hammock and let everything soak up the sun? Perhaps we will just have to wait for a greater police presence on the island before we once again review the option to go full monty.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)39 seconds ago

Bar girls in Pattaya arrested for allegedly violating Covid restrictions while live streaming

Protests28 mins ago

Gathering for 89th anniversary of constitutional monarchy

Crime47 mins ago

Police arrest suspect who allegedly killed Covid patient and 7-Eleven clerk

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Multiple Bangkok hospitals stop Covid testing, citing fear of insufficient beds

Pattaya2 hours ago

Chon Buri governor says Pattaya bars will stay closed for now, Covid cases remain high

Crime2 hours ago

15 year old stabbed at private school

Thailand2 hours ago

UPDATE: Police identify alleged gunman who opened fire at field hospital, killing a patient

Thailand3 hours ago

PM orders investigation into pricey street lamps

Best of4 hours ago

Top 5 Thai Restaurants in Bangkok

Phuket4 hours ago

Phuket governor outlines plans to track and trace foreign arrivals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: Latest wave exceeds 200,000 cases

Thailand4 hours ago

Guitarist from “Playground” dies in road incident

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

First delivery of Sinopharm vaccines approved for distribution

Thailand5 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | Thai Immigration – Are you legal? Latest Covid and Phuket sandbox

Phuket5 hours ago

Flight traffic to Phuket expected to increase by 6% next month

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Phuket4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending