Smoking is to be banned on Phuket’s Patong Beach this November. The popular Phuket tourist spot is among some 20 beaches nationwide considered Thailand’s most beautiful where bans will be imposed. Bo Phut Beach on Ko Samui and Khlong Dao Beach on Ko Lanta are among the beaches to be rendered smoke-free zones.
The beach smoking ban is part of the country’s sustainable tourism plan efforts. The ban comes into effect in November 2017, announced the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently.
The other beaches where smoking will be banned are: Krabi (Phra Ae); Chon Buri (Bang Saen and Pattaya as well as Tam Pang on Ko Si Chang); Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Khao Takiap); Phetchaburi (Cha-am); Phang-nga (Ko Khai Nok and Ko Khai Nai on Ko Yao); Songkhla (Chalatas); Pattani (Tha Wa Sukri); Rayong (Mae Phim); Chanthaburi (Laem Sing), and Chumphon (Sai Ri).
Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “These beaches are among the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, and the aim is to keep them that way.”