On the 28th of October it was announced by Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat that people wanting to use loungers and umbrellas on the beaches of Phuket would be permitted to do so only in the 10 percent zones but Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongthada has since decided that beach goers should be allowed to put their own personal loungers and umbrellas anywhere at all.
10 % zones were introduced so that the beaches wouldn’t be cluttered with chairs and umbrellas. The original plan was to have only 10 percent of the beach space available for vendors to rent out their loungers, so that the rest of the beach would be open for people to walk around and play. This was done as a part of a beach cleanup campaign that had been ordered by the National Council for Peace and Order(NCPO) back in January. The reason this rule was revoked was because it placed restrictions, not only on vendors but also on other people who wished to bring their own umbrellas and chairs to the beach.
Now tourists will most likely be free to set up their own umbrellas and loungers anywhere at all but there will definitely be more space for everyone as restrictions will still be put in place for vendors. The rules and regulations haven’t been finalized but it is expected that most beaches will allow visitors to set up their own things wherever they like. Vendors however will have stricter regulations put in place so that the beaches don’t become too cluttered. They will still be able to operate but won’t be allowed to clog up the beaches, which is great news for beach goers who like to have a bit of space to relax.