Phuket Officials Target Encroachment on Nui Beach


The Royal Forest Department (RFD) is leading a multi-agency effort to reclaim reserved forest land encroached upon by a private company on Phuket’s Nui Beach.
The operation is part of an increased crackdown on illegal beachfront constructions across Thailand, prompted by a recent incident where a Swiss man assaulted a local doctor on what he believed was private property in Phuket.


Officials discovered that the site was previously subject to a demolition order due to encroachment in 2018 and 2019. However, it appears the owners have returned and are again blocking public access to the beach, even collecting entry fees.
The RFD emphasized that the beach is public land and private construction is prohibited under the National Reserved Forest Act.

More than 50 structures have been identified on the site. Authorities will be issuing demolition warnings with a 30-45 day deadline for removal.

Failure to comply will result in the government removing the structures and charging all related expenses to the encroachers.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

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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.