Kata Beach blockade
With reference to the Gazette story about local long-tail boatmen refusing to allow an Amancruises boat to collect guests from Kata beach [see also http://www.phuketgazette.net/news/index.asp?fromsearch=yes&Id=3412], does this mean that a yacht can’t anchor at Kata Beach and take friends ashore for lunch, for example, without permission from the the long-tail boatmen? What about the next Kings Cup? The same Kata Boatmen make good extra money during the week.
Asked on Saturday, May 1, 2004 | 11:20 AM
If it’s not related to business, people can always bring their boats or yachts to Kata and land or pick up their friends from the beaches. But if they are running a business and landing or picking up clients from Kata beach, they should apply for a permission from the Karon Municipality first.
To be honest, I can’t say. This matter will have to be discussed in our next meeting [with Karon Municipality, local operators and other local committees]. If the boat owner is not in it for business, I reckon he can bring his boat to the beach. We can tell if it’s really a boat for business or a private boat. For example, if a boat operator came to pick up eight people or more and told us that they were all his friends, we would find this difficult to believe. If a commercial operator wants to pick up passengers, he can ask for permission and we will discuss it to decide how it will affect things on the beach. The process takes about two days.