Sun Loungers Slowly Returning To Phuket's Beaches
Following the return of sun loungers to Patong Beach on February 27, sun loungers were also allowed to return to both Kata Beach and Karon Beach last week, albeit under the watchful eye of Gen Santi Sakuntanak, Commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment and Phuket’s highest ranking army official.
Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan has confirmed that sun loungers will be allowed to return to all of Phuket's nine beaches. However, as with Patong, the loungers must remain inside the 10% “vendor zones”, the Governor warned.
A large group of tourists looked on in surprise late last week as the sun loungers were set out in two lines at Kata Beach.
Karon Mayor Thawee Thongcham was in attendance, however, he remained silent as Gen Sakuntanak and his team of officers from the 41st Military Circle of the Army Region 4 base in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, along with beach vendor representatives and Karon Municipality officials, inspected the area.
Speaking to The Phuket News during the inspection, Gen Sakuntanak said, “I have told Karon Municipality that the sun loungers must always be set out like this, there must be no change, and I will come back in one month to assess the situation.
“Today I have overseen the sun loungers being placed at Kata Beach, and the next place they will appear is Karon Beach. We will then have to see how the situation is.” he added.