Connect with us


Surin vendors upset over exclusion from 10-percent zone



PHUKET: A number of vendors working in the vicinity of Surin this morning submitted a letter to the Cherng Talay OrBorTor demanding a 10-percent zone to operate in, similar to the arrangement at other Phuket beaches (except Laem Sing which is now apparently private).

Surin, which previously operated under the 10 percent rule, was converted to a ‘virgin beach’ in late 2015 by Cherng Talay OrBorTor President Ma-ann Samran, who cited the vendors’ failure to follow rules as the reason behind the change (story here). Since then, no vendors have been allowed on its sands.

It was then declared as a ‘Beach of Honor’ in June last year (story here and here), in honor of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit’s visit to it in 1959 (story here).

Mr Ma-ann accepted the letter today and said that he would bring the issue to the attention of the beach management committee as soon as possible.

“The beach vendors at that time had agreed to the virgin beach concept, which means no umbrellas, loungers or mattresses. Since the beginning of the high season, however, some of them have been disobeying the regulations again, for which we have arrested and duly ‘punished’ them,” said Mr Ma-ann.

“The vendors kept asking why other beaches have 10-percent zones, so I told them to write a letter explaining their reasons and how they would plan to manage it, if implemented,” he added.

Despite their terrible track record of following beach management rules – which led to their exclusion from the 10-percent zone category in the first place – Surin vendors have reportedly been “very upset” regarding the matter. They particularly resent that sun loungers are now officially allowed at other beaches, including Patong, since late last month (story here).

“All I can do is bring the matter to the attention of the committee, but until an official decision is made, Surin will remain a virgin beach,” said Mr Ma-ann.

— Kongleaphy Keam


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.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Chiang Rai7 hours ago

2018 Thai cave rescue inspires new attraction in Chiang Rai

Thailand7 hours ago

Thailand News Today | New traffic rule to affect entire country

Economy7 hours ago

Robots now serving people at Thai restaurant chain

Sponsored15 hours ago

LASIK eye surgery with state-of-the-art procedures in Thailand

Bangkok7 hours ago

Patiphan explains to police: It was my twin brother Patiphat!

Thailand8 hours ago

Woman faces jail for trafficking girls after karaoke raid in Thailand

Weather8 hours ago

South Korea’s capital sees record rainfall, at least 9 killed

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Protests8 hours ago

Amnesty International urges Thailand to free activists and return bail rights

Drugs9 hours ago

Truck leads police on 100km chase over shockingly small drug stash

Chon Buri9 hours ago

Chon Buri police couldn’t find victim of car crash on back seat

Phuket9 hours ago

Phuket expects recent India road show to bring in even more tourists, and revenue

Press Room9 hours ago

Jungceylon undergoes renovation to become a one-stop shopping paradise

World10 hours ago

Pakistani Taliban commander reportedly killed in Afghanistan

Tourism10 hours ago

Europeans lost in Koh Pha Ngan forest found by tourist police

Chon Buri10 hours ago

Mountain B fire death toll rises to 16

Bangkok11 hours ago

MRT says Bangkok won’t suffer any Seoul-type metro flooding

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

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

Phuket1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year 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