1st February, the ban has definitely taken effect to reduce pollution on and around the beaches. The government has put in place a law prohibiting the use of cigarettes, on some of the Thai beaches.
A law submitted in November 2017
The law was put in place, last November, after the discovery of more than 60,000 cigarette butts on just 2.5 kilometres of Thai beach in Patong, Phuket island. A monstrous sum, accordingly, alerted the governmental and ecological authorities.
The penalties incurred
Level penalties, it is not a laugh if you violate the law: you can incur up to 100,000 THB fine and nearly a year in prison.
Road signs to help tourists
Multilingual signs have been installed near the beaches concerned; thus, besides the message in Thai, you will find a translation into English and Chinese.
Which beaches concerned?
- Patong (Phuket island)
- Saeng Chan (Rayong)
- Laem Sadet (Chanthaburi)
- Bang Saen, Phung Tham, Sai Kaew, Dong Tan (Chonburi)
- Cha-am (Phetburi)
- Hua Hin & Khao Takiab (Prachuap Khiri Khan)
- Bo Phut (Koh Samui)
- Sai Ri (Chumphon)
- Khao Lak (Pang-Nga)
- Koh Khai Nok & Koh Khai Nai (on the coast of Phang-Nga)
- Chalok Baan Kao (Koh Tao)
- Klong Dao, Koh Kwang & Phra Ae (Koh Lanta)
- Ban Chuen (Trat)
- Chala That (Song)
- Samran (Trang)
- Plai Sai (Nakhon Sri Thammarat)
- Wasukri (Pattani)
Read also: “Ban On E-Cigarettes in Thailand!”