A massive clean up operation, by the ruling Military, during June and the first week of July has seen Thailand’s beaches restored to their natural condition. Encroachment on public property and private profiteering have been targeted but whether this is a temporary measure or a permanent move remains to be seen.
Gone are the Beach Bars, the Massage tents, the Sun Loungers, the Surf Board’s and the Jet Skis for hire . This is what the whole length of Kata beach looked like on 3rd July.
Kata Beach in south-west Phuket was cleared on the 4th of July and so regained its independence in one day. There are still some bits and pieces of demolished structures lying around but will, I’m sure, be cleared in a day or so.
I first visited Kata in 2006 but until this morning (5th July 2014) I could only imagine what it was like 30 years ago. I always enjoy my walk on the beach but today it was extra special so I rushed back to my apartment for my camera so as to record the occassion.
I am sure that many tourists will bemoan the loss of the beach amenities but for nature lovers it is, maybe for the time being, a joy to be able to walk in totally natural surroundings once more.
Some people may argue, ‘But we can’t buy beer and food on the beach, hire a sun lounger and roast all day long.’
Others will say, ‘Yeah, and we don’t have to trample through your empty beer bottles and food cartons on our early morning walk. Then watch them being washed out to sea and dumped on another beach while you are flying home.’
There are always pros and cons and it is not clear what the future holds for Thailand’s beaches and beach life but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.