UPDATE: Freedom Beach in Phuket Returned for Public Use

Patong –

Freedom Beach in Karon is now cleared of beach beds and umbrellas and structures after a full crackdown.

Our previous story:

The Army Region 4 Commander inspected and followed up on beach management in Phuket for the confidence of both tourists and locals.

Now for the update:

On Tuesday (March 28th) a team of Phuket officials led by Chief of the Phuket Natural and Environment Office Mr. Wattanapong Suksai inspected Freedom Beach.

Mr. Wattanapong told the Phuket Express. “The beach is locally known as ‘Mai Ngao’ Beach but Freedom Beach is famously known by foreign tourists. The beach is in the area of the Nak Kerd Mountain Reserve Forest in Karon.”

“We have inspected the beach twice before. The first time we found a restaurant on the beach which has already been demolished. The second time we found beach beds and umbrellas. Beach vendors have removed those items from the beach but they were back again after a week. Today we did not find any structures or beach beds and umbrellas,” Mr. Wattanapong explained.

“We have also told land owners who have land which extends to the beach that they cannot collect entrance fees from tourists. If they still do they will face legal action,” Mr. Wattanapong added.

The Phuket Express noted that the freedom Beach is a famous beach among foreign tourists. However, it is difficult to reach to the beach. Tourists have to walk for about one and a half kilometers through a forest from a road to the beach.

There are some routes that have to enter through private lands which some have had to pay previously. If entering by boats from another beach to the Freedom beach the cost is generally about 1,200 baht to 3,000 baht.

With the new crackdown, however, these fees are in theory in jeopardy.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.