‘Private beaches’ in Thailand?

Recently I tried to go to Karon Noi Beach, between Karon and Patong. A hundred meters or so along what I thought was the access road I was stopped at a checkpoint. The uniformed guard there told me that it was a private road leading to a private beach that belongs to Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort.

I have been told by local people that this is not true and that the hotel has decided to make it their own private beach, when in fact it is a public beach. What is the true situation?

  • Asked on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | 09:03 AM
    John McDonough, Phuket.

All beaches are public in Thailand. However, land access to Karon Noi Beach is through hotel property, which is controlled for security reasons, like access to any other hotel – and especially beachfront hotels.

Entrance is not denied in general, but certain rules apply during certain periods. However, there could have been a language barrier here resulting in misinterpretation of the reply of the Thai security staff.

The beach is also accessible by sea. Yachts can moor in front, subject to local regulations.

For an access to the hotel, a day-pass program including lunch is available during off season. You can also buy a membership to our fitness center, which includes usage of our pool and beach facilities.

For more information, please contact the hotel or call Tel: 076-370100.

  • Answered on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | 09:03 AM
    Narumon Chansriharaj, Senior Sales & PR Manager at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort.
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