Thailand implements Pattaya beach rules

Approximately 60% of space will be freed up on Pattaya and Jomtien beaches
Approximately 60% of space will be freed up on Pattaya and Jomtien beaches

Thailand has ramped up its nationwide beach clean-up campaign in 2015, with new rules governing the use of space on beaches in Pattaya.

The new Thai government started clamping down on beach encroachments last year, implementing new “zoning regulations” at beaches in Phuket and Hua Hin.

And this month, the beaches in Pattaya and nearby Jomtien are under scrutiny, with new regulation being enforced to reduce the space allocated to deck chairs and umbrellas and offer more room for holidaymakers.

“The new zoning policy is being enforced… with the objective of providing more public space on the beach and improving the experience of travellers,” explained Suladda Sarutilavan, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Pattaya office.

“Tourists can choose to relax on wide stretches of empty sand or seek out deckchairs and umbrellas in the designated areas.”

Under the new zoning regulations, Pattaya and Jomtien beaches will have to offer 10 metres of public space or empty sand every 100-metre-wide chair zone, and beach vendors will have to be separated from each other by one metre. As a result, the 2.9km-long Pattaya Beach is now offering 1.75km of public space, or 60% of the total area, while 3.4km of the 5.9km-long Jomtien Beach will be made available to the public – 58% of the total. The remaining areas at both beaches will be designated for deckchair and umbrella rentals.

“We appreciate the Thai government and the local authorities in their efforts to return the natural charms to these beautiful destinations, allowing visitors to enjoy them without hindrance,” Ms Suladda added.

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