I have just returned from a short stay at Nai Yang. After visiting Phuket five times over the past six years, I am now having doubts about coming again. This is because the entrance to my favorite beach, Hin Kruai, which is just south of Nai Thon, has been closed with a sign saying, “Do Not Enter – Private Property”. I thought that all beaches in Thailand were open to the public. Have I misunderstood? What is going to happen to Hin Kruai? Two years ago, another secluded beach a couple of kilometers west of the Amari Coral Beach Resort was the best snorkeling area near Patong. Now, a hotel occupies that beautiful beach, making it difficult to access the reef. Are there any quiet, romantic and natural spots left on Phuket? How more many hotels are going to be built on Phuket?
Carsten Jonck, Denmark.
A private company from Bangkok owns the land next to Hin Kruai. There are rumors that this company will build a hotel there soon, but it has not yet applied for building permission. In addition, we will need to evaluate the proposed hotel’s environmental impact before giving our approval. As to your question, “Are there any quiet, romantic and natural spots still left on Phuket?” There are. Laem Singh, near Surin Beach, Koh Krata in Cherng Talay and Nai Thon Nui, near Baan Nui Thon School, are just a few examples.” – Siri Yoktong, Chairman, Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organization. “We currently have 40 applications for permission to build hotels. Five of these, in Karon and Mai Khao, have been approved.
Officer, Phuket Provincial Governor’s Office.