Phuket Tourism News | Episode 13 | April 16
Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.
Over the past few years in Phuket the beaches have been a hot topic. Phuket has some of the best beaches in the world and tens of thousands of tourists from around the world come to Phuket to experience a touch of tropical paradise while chilling on a sunbed under an umbrella while locals walk around selling everything from a refreshing coconut to a shell bracelet and everything in-between. Now on most beaches in Phuket this is the case, such as Patong Beach that has everything you need from a beach day out, including jet ski rides, parasailing and all manner of things to eat and drink. However, beaches such as Surin beach don’t have these, in fact they don’t have anything on the beach. Yes, on the road side there are a number of little shops and food stalls but on the beach nothing, WHY?
Well, some beaches in Thailand, such as Surin Beach and Layan Beach are known as Virgin Beaches or The King Beaches and these beaches are not allowed for anyone, locals or non-locals to do any commerce on the beach. So, no Sunbed hire or food and drinks can be sold on the beach. Of course, you can take your own chairs and food but you will not be able to buy it. So if you are looking for a day out on a beach in Phuket, make sure you have checked to see what type of beach it is.
Visa on Arrival
It has been announced that Thailand offering 45-day visas on arrival has been stopped. Now this might not affect everyone as for those like me who are from Australia only got 30 days anyway, however for those from some countries the 45 days has been reduced to 30 days. The government gave 45 days to help stimulate tourism after the Covid 19 pandemic, but now tourism is back on track they are going back to 30 days.
Fishing restrictions in the Andaman Sea
It has been announced that the Andaman Sea will have a ban on commercial fishing. How this will be managed is a whole other story BUT it’s good news for the environment as t will give time for the fish to re stock and for the authorities to take a good look at the fish stocks and see how they can manage this in the future.
Similan and Maya Bay closing
As with every year during low season many of the islands are closed by the Thailand government to give time for the environment to breath and recover from the mass tourism’s that Thailand sees. Places like Similan Islands have been doing this for years with very positive affects and it was the same when thy first di this with Maya Bay in Phi Phi. The wildlife came back and thrived during the closing periods. Once we know the full dates, we will of course announce it here, but we know for sure that the Similan Islands, Koh Ha Koh Rock will closed and we are waiting for news on the dates for Maya Bay this year and there is talk that they might ever do the same for James Bond Island.
When we know we will let you know.
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