Connect with us


Patong beautification an ugly mess

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PATONG: Hotels and other businesses in Phuket’s capital of fun, having battled their way through the effects of the Bali bombing and the Sars epidemic, are now viewing with despair another deterrent to tourists. The deterrent this time is of local origin – a “beautification program” which has the beachfront looking like Sarajevo at the height of the Balkans war. Tourists trying to get from the beach road onto the beach itself need to battle across a construction site. Wolfgang Meusburger, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Patong, in a letter to the Patong Municipality on behalf of other hotels in the area, wrote, “We appreciate that the municipality is trying to … beautify the beach, but we have a hard time understanding why it has to be done during the high season.” Phadungwong Intong, Supervisor of Starbucks in Patong, agreed that the construction has had a significant impact on business, with the number of coffee drinkers down on last year by about 30% to 40%. Not everyone is despairing. Mark Chaiyaboon, Resident Manager of the Patong Beach Hotel, said that the project was good even if it currently disrupts businesses around Patong. Pointing out that similar projects and arguments had occurred in Pattaya, he said that he beleived the long-term outcome would be a big improvement. “I just think that right now everyone is upset because they are tearing up the road,” he said, adding, “There might have been a better way of planning it. “Some places are probably facing a little bit of a downside but in the long run everything will be a lot better than it is right now.” Novotel Coralia General Manager Rodney Trutwein said, “Obviously, doing it in the high season will affect some of the guests that go to Patong beach, but if you do it during the low season you have the Asian tourists and you also have the rain and the wind to contend with. So when is a good time?” Supagorn Meegaew, the Patong Municipality engineer supervising the walkway construction, explained that the Patong Beach Coastal Landscape Development, as the project is known, is aimed at making the beach look more pleasant and more organized and also at keeping the beach cleaner by using a 2.5-meter-wide walkway to separate the beach from the road. The Municipality had been planning the beach beautification project for about two years, he said, but had had to wait for budget from the government. He said, “when the government finally gave funding we didn’t have time to conduct a survey [of local businesses] because we were in a rush to start building.” He conceded that, ideally, it would have been better if a survey had been done. Clean Technology, the construction company hired by the Municipality, was chosen because it submitted the lowest bid, K. Supagorn told Gazette. The 40-million-baht, three-kilometer-long project consists of three parts. The first section of walkway starts where Prachanukhro Rd meets Thaweewong Rd and extends to Soi Bangla. The second section starts at the Loma Fountain on Thaweewong Rd and ends before Phra Baramee Rd. The third section goes a little way into Kalim from Patong. K. Supagorn said, “We started building in the low season and it was supposed to be finished by now, but it was delayed because people said that we were building too far out onto the beach, so we had to move it back five meters before we could resume construction.” The problem, says the Holiday Inn’s Mr Meusburger, is that ground for the entire length of the beach has been ripped up at the same time. “I’ve already had three couples leave the hotel. They said, ‘We are not coming to a beach where we cannot walk anymore, it’s just very unpleasant.'” He added that they had moved to Karon. K. Supagorn said that the Municipality was in a rush to complete the walkway before the end of December and so the contractor was trying to build the first and second sections at the same time. But, he added, Clean Technology did not have enough workers, which was slowing down construction and making it look doubtful whether it would be finished on schedule. So far the project is only half-complete.


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


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.

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)42 mins ago

6 school closed after infections are found

Coronavirus (Covid-19)47 mins ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 2,331 new cases; provincial totals

Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 Meditation Centres and Retreats in Thailand

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


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

Sponsored by image

Phuket2 hours ago

Thai police chief donates 100,000 baht to Phuket man shot by a drunk officer

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Covid-19, food delivery brings rise in plastic and infectious waste

Thailand2 hours ago

Renowned Thai doctor cautions against letting tourists avoid 14 day quarantine

Thailand3 hours ago

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says sorry again for delays in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Politics3 hours ago

Trial begins in Myanmar for former leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Best of3 hours ago

5 Top Secret Beaches in Phuket

Environment3 hours ago

Blacktip reef sharks get protected status as Environment Minister blasts video cruelty

Northern Thailand3 hours ago

Dozens of python eggs found underneath home

Thailand3 hours ago

100 neglected cats rescued by Save Elephant Foundation

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Leading Thai doctor calls on government to accelerate vaccine rollout

Thailand4 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | Tracking wrist bands for sandbox? Sex tourism, 2022 Michelin Guide

Best of4 hours ago

Top 5 Gyms in Bangkok

Thailand3 months ago

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

Tourism3 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

Thailand5 months ago

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