Restaurants, beach beds, and umbrellas were found by Thaland officials to be encroaching on Lay Phang Beach in Cherng Talay.
On Thursday (March 30th) a team of officials led by the Thalang District Chief Bancha Tanuin inspected Lay Phang Beach.
Mr. Bancha told the Phuket Express that officials have checked local beaches for encroachment at least once a month. Beaches are considered public land and any sort of private encroachment by business owners is strictly prohibited unless special permission is granted.
Officials found beach beds and umbrellas on the beach and the operators have been asked to remove those items from the beach. Although many tourists enjoy these amenities, they lead to a “domino effect” say authorities of many more vendors trying to encroach and therefore as a general rule all private businesses and encroachment is prohibited.
Meanwhile, relevant officials have filed reports to the Cherng Talay Police Station against three restaurant operators for encroaching on a public area on the beach road nearby.