Phuket Beach Clean Up

Phuket Beach Clean Up

Dress: Old Navy (similar here); Earrings: Banana Republic

When visiting Thailand, it is very easy to forget the country’s recent civil unrest. You look at the beautiful beaches, the expansive landscapes and gorgeous resorts and poof, you forget that the military took over the government in May 2014. But the Phuket Beaches have an obvious mark of this government transfer. Can you guess what it is? Well, one of the first courses of action of the newly minted military regime was to launch an anti-corruption campaign. First on the agenda – The Phuket Beach Clean Up. So, what does that mean exactly? Well, as you can see from the pictures, there are no beach lounge chairs, no umbrellas or private vendors selling items on the beach. The government felt that by removing all illegal activity on the Phuket Beaches, they were giving the beaches back to the people.

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Prior to the Phuket Beach Clean Up, the beaches had umbrellas and lounge chairs five rows deep. There were restaurants lining all edges of the sand. From what I learned, the response to the clean up has seen mixed results. Some felt that the relief of enjoying a day at the beach without the constant flow of people trying to sell them things makes the clean up worth it. Others not so much. The government takes this clean up seriously, so you cannot even bring your own lounge chair to the beach, for fear of having it taken away.  Although there has been a mixed response to the Phuket Beach Clean Up, we can all agree how beautiful Kata Beach looks, unencumbered with the affects of tourists.


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  1. Beautiful pictures, as always! What a lovely idea, to take away all of the horrible tacky human activity on the beaches and give them back to nature. I guess it’s sad for those that must have lost their jobs, but the beach does look beautiful.

    Emily x

    • Thank you Emily and well said on the beach changes! In fact, I think you said it better than me! Looking forward to your adventures in med school soon and congratulations on graduating!

  2. Every year here prior to beach season, they clean up thoroughly every beach in Albania. Love that easy breezy striped dress and your gorgeous hairdo looks perfect with it. =)

    • Hi Kristina :) I am so happy to have met you through this crazy world of blogging this morning! I loved your blog and congratulations on your designer bag collection!

  3. How interesting, I didn’t know much about this–I can see both the good and the bad in the “cleaned up” beach. (Not that sand looks terribly uncomfortable, but what’s the harm in a little arm chair?) Once again, these are beautiful photos–that sunset!!!!

    • Right, totally agree on the arm chair piece Shea! A little crazy that the police will take them away from you but I guess they have to draw the line somewhere…and I do not really want to mess with the Thai military…

    • Thank you! I agree there are definitely two sides to the beach clean up, and I am not sure where I fit in, but at the root of it, I think it is a wonderful idea!

    • Thank you Valerie! It was pretty magical at night (aside from the unglamorous part of island living – mosquitos!)!

    • Thank you Gina! I read your post on Phuket and definitely agreed with everything you said. Also, due to random circumstances, we ended up spending three separate chunks of time in Phuket, and I am not going to lie, the first time was pretty meh, second was better, but by the third time, we really liked it. If things had been different, we would not have chosen to go back 3 times, but happy we did, because we found a beautiful side to Kata Beach by the end.

  4. First of all, these shots are STUNNING. You + that beach + that sunset, wow!

    Very interesting the government chose to remove everything. The place looks more remote + deserted, but SO gorgeous.

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Thank you Ashley! It did feel pretty deserted but it was also low season when we visited, so maybe in the busy season it would have been different.

  5. you look gorgeous! and that hair!! dang girl! the cleanup is really good but very interesting you can’t even bring your own chair or umbrella. although the vendors can be kind of annoying, there are usually 1 or 2 that have something that is actually useful! I think the cleanup was a good idea, though
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

    • Thank you Katie! Yes, I did it myself. I have been practicing basically everyday to get this braid down pat! Thank you!

  6. Hmmm that’s very interesting, I never knew that before! I think I would lean towards the unhappy. EIther way, it looks beautiful! And I love your hair here :)


    • Thanks Mili! I agree it is nice to have a lounge chair, but I think their intentions were in the right place, even if it does mean taking a piece of luxury out of the equation.

  7. Amazing beach views and wow what weird government policies, but I understand where there are mixed feelings as I have some right now if something like that happened at our popular beaches.
    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me”
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

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