Connect with us


Jet-skis to rule roost for high season

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Jet-skis to rule roost for high season | The Thaiger
  • follow us in feedly

PHUKET: Jet-skis will continue to offer their services on Phuket beaches this high season, Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong confirmed yesterday.

“We will be implementing the same zones as last year to separate jet-skis and swimmers to ensure everyone’s safety,” Governor Nisit said. “I am aware that a lot of people do not want jet-skis on our beaches, as they have caused many issues in the past. However, some tourists still expect to be able to partake in this extreme sport while on holiday in Phuket.”

Tourists’ desire to engage in the marine activity has long been touted as the reason to have jet-skis. However, a poll that ran for four weeks earlier this year on the Phuket Gazette website saw a staggering 75% of all respondents – including tourists – vote that jet-skis have no place anywhere on any Phuket beach.

The poll, which received 6,362 votes, including nearly 3,000 tourists asked: ‘Should jet-ski operators be allowed to operate on Phuket’s beaches?’

Only 5% of the tourists who took part in the poll voted, ‘Yes, they provide an activity that many tourists enjoy’, while a further 18% called for better regulation.

Like the tourists, the majority of Thai nationals and local expats called for an outright ban on all jet-skis in Phuket, with 73% and 76% of votes cast respectively by the groups (story here).

Limited action has been taken against jet-ski operators as a whole despite one Russian tourist dying in a jet-skiing accident and a number of other dangerous encounters at Patong, Nai Harn and Surin Beach last year (story here).

Operators will be allowed to continue to rent out jet-skis this high season at the following locations: Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Patong Beach, Kamala Beach, Bang Tao Beach and Naka Island, confirmed Natchapong Pradit of the Phuket Marine Office.

“Additionally, the number of jet-skis in the province will remain capped at 286. However, we will take action against any operators who repeatedly fail to follow the rules and regulations,” Mr Natchapong said.

“This high season, each local government body is responsible for putting out buoys to mark jet-ski and swimming zones for tourists.”

Historically, a lack of budget for these buoy lines has been cited as an issue. However, Mr Natchapong assured that budgets for the lines would not be a problem this year.

— Chutharat Plerin

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

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

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

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


Phuket officials visit Kamala restaurant after customer charged 6,750 baht

Maya Taylor



Phuket officials visit Kamala restaurant after customer charged 6,750 baht | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Facebook/ Lalita Chaiyasit

A seafood restaurant in Kamala, a west coast town in Phuket, has received strong criticism on social media after trying to charge a customer 6,750 baht for a takeaway meal. 3,000 baht of the bill was a “cooking fee”. Lalita Chaiyasit took to social media to vent her disbelief after receiving the bill. She says she was on holiday with her family in Phuket and wanted to order some food for delivery to their hotel. At the recommendation of their tour guide, she chose the Nanork Restaurant in Kamala, sending the tour guide to pick up the food. A report […]

Continue Reading


Phuket’s Lard Yai Sunday night market springs back to life

The Thaiger



Phuket’s Lard Yai Sunday night market springs back to life | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Lard Yai springs back to life - Phuket People's Voice

The Lard Yai Sunday night walking street along Thalang Road Old Phuket Town has reopened to the delight of vendors, locals and a few expats. It has been closed for 3 months after lockdowns were applied to community markets. New Provincial Governor Narong Woonchiew says he welcomes people back to the popular market. “The province and the private sector have worked hard to make sure Lardyai walking street is safe and complies with social distancing practices to regain tourists’ confidence.” Lard Yai, a fairly recent addition to Phuket’s vibrant market scene (about 4 years ago), became an instant success in […]

Continue Reading


Two years ago – remembering Phuket’s Phoenix boat tragedy

The Thaiger



Two years ago – remembering Phuket’s Phoenix boat tragedy | The Thaiger

“There were 13 children that died in this disaster. Many were later found dead, floating face down, not far from their deceased parents.” On an otherwise ordinary afternoon, two tour boats, Phoenix and Serenata, were heading back to Phuket after a half day tour of snorkelling near Koh Racha. The weather forecast was for seasonal monsoonal SW winds and waves, about the usual for that time of the year. But there was also a weather warning for a storm later in the afternoon of July 5, 2018. For whatever reasons the captains of the two vessels started heading back to […]

Continue Reading