Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: The Phuket Gazette fully supports the long-overdue effort by the Phuket Highways Office to remove billboards and other unsightly advertising signage from roadsides under its authority, and we would encourage the local Department of Rural Roads and other agencies with similar authority to follow suit as soon as possible.

If there is another “tropical island paradise” with roadsides that have been so severely tarnished, we wouldn’t want to visit it. Unfortunately, the problem has grown to such a scale that it will take considerable government commitment, but very little budget, to solve it.

The issue has been a constant source of complaints sent to the Gazette over the years, as well as the subject of some futile editorializing in this space. The authorities have not only ignored the problem, but have actually made it worse by being among its most active participants.

Tambon administration and municipal officials, the Phuket provincial office, police, and even religious proselytizers are among the many contributing parties. How else does one explain how 'Daeng's Fishballs' can erect a sign along a major thoroughfare advising motorists that her delicacies lie just 2.8km down the road?

And how is it that Khun Daeng's sign and hundreds of others like it are allowed to parade as government navigational aids such as those for the airport, hospitals, police stations and Phuket Provincial Hall?

Let’s hope for the sake of what is left of the island’s once-beautiful landscape that government offices themselves wake up and start applying their resources to more effective and environmentally friendly ways of disseminating information. Why not post it on their own websites, or simply alert the media through professional press releases by email (not by fax, as most still do even today).

It seems that no roadside on the island has been spared the blight. Even the lovely, tree-lined and once dignified Damrong Road that runs along the base of Toh Sae Hill and most of the government offices has recently been targeted.

Those exiting one of the doors of the century-old Phuket Provincial Hall are immediately struck with visual cacophony in the form of multiple placards touting the offerings of a property developer, a pre-roasted chicken retailer, and much more.

It is unclear why Phuket City Municipality, which presumably has jurisdiction over this particular stretch of road, allows such eyesores to flourish there.

The sign spectacle is hardly limited to roadsides. The median strip along the road from Tesco Lotus to Kathu village now features scrolling messages that are a safety hazard to motorists, while the number of ear-splitting sound trucks plying many of the island's roads probably exceeds the number of public transport vehicles in Phuket.

Let’s hope that more of the island's authorities with control over the roads might now take steps toward tempering the blight against property that theoretically belongs to all of us. Meanwhile, we must thank the Phuket Highways Office for its moves in the right direction.
– Phuket Gazette

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I'd like to believe it'll happen, but they'd only start to re-appear within weeks or months, same as the beach restaurants that keep being removed.

All it's doing is wiping the slate clean so new contracts can be arranged.

Posted by agogohome October 9, 2011 12:02:45PM

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Nothing will be done. Because there is no money changing hands for anybody to do anything about it.

Phuket is in such a mess with all kinds of problems and this is just a minor one.

Posted by clickblade October 9, 2011 02:44:30PM

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On a trip to Bhutan I noticed that the country is totally free of billboards!
Not a single one! What a relief.
Then coming back to Thailand I was shocked (again) to be hit in the face by signs the size of football fields. But will it ever change in Thailand? I have very little hope.

Posted by boonlom October 9, 2011 02:47:58PM

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With so many other issues facing the island, this ranks near the bottom of a very long list.

Who knows, perhaps a landslide or two will cover up a few signs.

Posted by Eric Haeg October 9, 2011 06:18:14PM

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Roadside pollution? you meant the drop-offs beside all the highways, streets and sois...?

Posted by herbert October 9, 2011 08:16:51PM

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How about Pedestrian zone that will reduce the pollution and boost tourism?

Posted by Tony October 9, 2011 09:36:07PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel October 10, 2011 04:44:08AM

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Go to Hawaii and note they have no billboards. I think billboards are a traffic hazard. People look at the provocative ads and don't look at the road and traffic. Ha Yek, aka Chalong Circle, is a perfect example.

Posted by Chalong Boy October 10, 2011 05:55:53AM

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Go to Hawaii and note they have no billboards. I think billboards are a traffic hazard. People look at the provocative ads and don't look at the road and traffic. Ha Yek, aka Chalong Circle, is a perfect example.

Posted by Chalong Boy

Yes, Chalong Cirle – aka the "J.R. Deals" Circle – is a good example. I still have no idea what "J.R. Deals" is selling so it shows what a waste of money – as well as an eyesore – those signs are.

Posted by Chas October 10, 2011 11:21:55AM

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How about Pedestrian zone that will reduce the pollution and boost tourism?

Posted by Tony

How about clean, clear pavements? I feel really sorry for the tourists in Karon, especially those with young kids and prams. They have to walk in the middle of the road, braving the traffic. The pavement on one side, which does not really exist, is totally obstructed by tuk-tuks and taxis; and on the other, is stepped and obstructed by stalls, etc.

Posted by Logic October 10, 2011 12:16:19PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome October 10, 2011 01:35:41PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond October 10, 2011 02:10:47PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond

Correct. I should have said what's left of Mai Khao.

Posted by agogohome October 10, 2011 02:31:21PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond

At "risk" of being "developed"? Are we to assume that your idea would be to let it lie dormant and produce nothing for the local people? I shouldn't have thought that any "developing" country in the world could afford to do that anymore. A unique concept indeed – a non-developing developing country.

Posted by Darren Seward October 10, 2011 02:50:23PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond

At "risk" of being "developed"? Are we to assume that your idea would be to let it lie dormant and produce nothing for the local people? I shouldn't have thought that any "developing" country in the world could afford to do that anymore. A unique concept indeed – a non-developing developing country.

Posted by Darren Seward

I hate to admit it, but sometimes your comments do make sense. I loved the way Mai Khao and Sai Gaew were 7 or 8 years ago – almost deserted all year round. Then the trucks arrived.

Posted by Chas October 10, 2011 03:49:33PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond

At "risk" of being "developed"? Are we to assume that your idea would be to let it lie dormant and produce nothing for the local people? I shouldn't have thought that any "developing" country in the world could afford to do that anymore. A unique concept indeed – a non-developing developing country.

Posted by Darren Seward

'Developed' /Exploited' Semantics. Choose what suits.

The locals have had a thriving fishing business on Mai Khao for many years. However all that is about to disappear along with the turtles.

Posted by Raiymond October 10, 2011 09:41:46PM

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If all you are leaving, please post a list of what you have for sale for those of us staying, it is always nice to get stuff cheap and they way you lot sound you must have suitcases on beds half packed.

Accept it is the way it is and hold your tongues, or do us all a favour and go.

Posted by That's it I'm Leaving October 11, 2011 12:02:15PM

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If all you are leaving, please post a list of what you have for sale for those of us staying, it is always nice to get stuff cheap and they way you lot sound you must have suitcases on beds half packed.

Accept it is the way it is and hold your tongues, or do us all a favour and go.

Posted by That's it I'm Leaving October 11, 2011 12:02:15PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond

At "risk" of being "developed"? Are we to assume that your idea would be to let it lie dormant and produce nothing for the local people? I shouldn't have thought that any "developing" country in the world could afford to do that anymore. A unique concept indeed – a non-developing developing country.

Posted by Darren Seward

'Developed' /Exploited' Semantics. Choose what suits.

The locals have had a thriving fishing business on Mai Khao for many years. However all that is about to disappear along with the turtles.

Posted by Raiymond October 10, 2011 09:41:46PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond

At "risk" of being "developed"? Are we to assume that your idea would be to let it lie dormant and produce nothing for the local people? I shouldn't have thought that any "developing" country in the world could afford to do that anymore. A unique concept indeed – a non-developing developing country.

Posted by Darren Seward

I hate to admit it, but sometimes your comments do make sense. I loved the way Mai Khao and Sai Gaew were 7 or 8 years ago – almost deserted all year round. Then the trucks arrived.

Posted by Chas October 10, 2011 03:49:33PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond

At "risk" of being "developed"? Are we to assume that your idea would be to let it lie dormant and produce nothing for the local people? I shouldn't have thought that any "developing" country in the world could afford to do that anymore. A unique concept indeed – a non-developing developing country.

Posted by Darren Seward October 10, 2011 02:50:23PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond

Correct. I should have said what's left of Mai Khao.

Posted by agogohome October 10, 2011 02:31:21PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome

The destruction of Mai Khao began way back in 1999/2000 and has become more and more developed up year by year. The whole strip from the airport all the way up to the bridge is at risk!

Posted by Raiymond October 10, 2011 02:10:47PM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel

Agree, it has to be stopped else there'll soon be nothing left for future generations to enjoy. Greedy developers are now eyeing up Mai Khao – the island's last piece of natural paradise.

Posted by agogohome October 10, 2011 01:35:41PM

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How about Pedestrian zone that will reduce the pollution and boost tourism?

Posted by Tony

How about clean, clear pavements? I feel really sorry for the tourists in Karon, especially those with young kids and prams. They have to walk in the middle of the road, braving the traffic. The pavement on one side, which does not really exist, is totally obstructed by tuk-tuks and taxis; and on the other, is stepped and obstructed by stalls, etc.

Posted by Logic October 10, 2011 12:16:19PM

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Go to Hawaii and note they have no billboards. I think billboards are a traffic hazard. People look at the provocative ads and don't look at the road and traffic. Ha Yek, aka Chalong Circle, is a perfect example.

Posted by Chalong Boy

Yes, Chalong Cirle – aka the "J.R. Deals" Circle – is a good example. I still have no idea what "J.R. Deals" is selling so it shows what a waste of money – as well as an eyesore – those signs are.

Posted by Chas October 10, 2011 11:21:55AM

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Go to Hawaii and note they have no billboards. I think billboards are a traffic hazard. People look at the provocative ads and don't look at the road and traffic. Ha Yek, aka Chalong Circle, is a perfect example.

Posted by Chalong Boy October 10, 2011 05:55:53AM

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Great article.

The raping of Phuket's natural beauty must be stopped. It proves (yet again) that whoever is in charge has no vision for Phuket other than selfish ones.

Posted by Kel October 10, 2011 04:44:08AM

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How about Pedestrian zone that will reduce the pollution and boost tourism?

Posted by Tony October 9, 2011 09:36:07PM

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Roadside pollution? you meant the drop-offs beside all the highways, streets and sois...?

Posted by herbert October 9, 2011 08:16:51PM

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With so many other issues facing the island, this ranks near the bottom of a very long list.

Who knows, perhaps a landslide or two will cover up a few signs.

Posted by Eric Haeg October 9, 2011 06:18:14PM

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On a trip to Bhutan I noticed that the country is totally free of billboards!
Not a single one! What a relief.
Then coming back to Thailand I was shocked (again) to be hit in the face by signs the size of football fields. But will it ever change in Thailand? I have very little hope.

Posted by boonlom October 9, 2011 02:47:58PM

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Nothing will be done. Because there is no money changing hands for anybody to do anything about it.

Phuket is in such a mess with all kinds of problems and this is just a minor one.

Posted by clickblade October 9, 2011 02:44:30PM

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I'd like to believe it'll happen, but they'd only start to re-appear within weeks or months, same as the beach restaurants that keep being removed.

All it's doing is wiping the slate clean so new contracts can be arranged.

Posted by agogohome October 9, 2011 12:02:45PM

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