Public Advisory (Released on 01 Sept 2014)
Dear Valued Guests,
It has long been required a special permit to operate commercial activities in Thailand on public beaches such as bars, restaurants, parasol hire and massages. The permits have not been checked very carefully before, but now inspection has been and is continuously being made on all businesses. These audits have shown that most of the local businesses on public beaches are not licensed. Hence, the companies that are not officially registered, must shut down their business and apply for a license before they may open up again. This has led to less customers regarding the attendance of public beaches.
No one knows the extent to which authorities will grant permission, or how long it will take. Clearly stands, however, that there will still be plenty of restaurants and bars at your destinations - and for all of those who want to sunbathe and swim as usual. Although there are no chairs/sunbeds for rent, it is allowed to put out towels and mats on public beaches. There will also be massages and activities, but not directly on the beach.
Regardless of the above, Thailand is a great destination with great beaches - and we are confident that you will get many nice moments here!