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Chalermpong Saengdee Champions the Preservation of Phuket’s Freedom Beach


In the sun-drenched realm of Phuket, an island paradise that whispers tales of beauty and serenity, there lies a secluded haven known as Freedom Beach, a name that evokes images of unbridled nature and pristine landscapes. As Monday dawned, the tranquility of this hidden gem was momentarily disturbed. The horizon, typically adorned with the simple elegance of beach beds and umbrellas, had cleared, following a decree that saw them removed, leaving behind the untouched beauty of the shore. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)

The saga of Freedom Beach takes a new turn as from Tuesday, the guardians of this earthly paradise, encompassing provincial and park authorities, join forces in a valiant effort to oversee its sanctity. The air will buzz not only with the sound of the waves but also with the determination of these combined patrols. At the heart of their mission? Implementing stringent checks, especially aimed at curbing the flow of alcoholic beverages, a move set to preserve the tranquility and purity of the beach.

At the helm of this initiative is none other than the vocal and proactive Move Forward Party MP, Chalermpong Saengdee. On a Monday that would mark the beginning of a significant chapter for Freedom Beach, he found himself among key figures in Phuket, all gathered with a singular, noble goal — to safeguard the beach from commercial encroachments, ensuring that this slice of paradise remains unspoiled for generations to come.

Freedom Beach, nestled quietly between the bustling shores of Patong and Karon, functions almost as a whisper among the roars. Secluded, serene, and splendidly beautiful, it rests beneath the protective gaze of Nak Kerd Mountain, within the arms of a national reserve forest. Despite its hidden charm, the beach has seen its share of unwelcome visitors, with operators boldly offering beach beds and umbrellas to sun-seekers without a whisper of permission.

Emerging from the pivotal meeting, Phuket governor Sophon Suwannarat proclaimed a decree that would see the Royal Forestry Department leading the charge in patrolling the shores of Freedom Beach beginning Tuesday. Not to be outdone, officials and law-enforcement volunteers from the province are set to rally behind them, a formidable alliance against any who dare disrupt the beach’s natural order.

As the narrative unfolds, plans to weave the fabric of commercialization into the tapestry of Freedom Beach are being cautiously drafted. The governor hints at the formation of a team, a meticulous assembly of minds focused on threading the needle between preservation and progress, ensuring that any development pays homage to the beach’s innate beauty.

The decree that saw the expeditionary removal of unauthorized beach adornments came in the wake of compelling imagery circulating in the media. As these beds and umbrellas were retracted from the azure embrace of the beach, what remained was a canvas, pure and untouched, a testament to the commitment of Phuket’s custodians in preserving the essence of Freedom Beach.

In the ongoing tale of Freedom Beach, the chapters that lie ahead promise the spirited endeavor of a community united in their love for this untouched paradise. As the patrols commence, with vigilance in their hearts and the preservation of natural beauty their creed, the beach continues to whisper tales of serenity and freedom to all who seek its solace.


  1. IslandHopper21 February 12, 2024

    Finally, someone’s taking a stand to preserve what’s left of nature’s beauty in tourist spots. Kudos to Chalermpong and the team for stepping up!

    • SkepticalRick February 12, 2024

      Is this really about preserving nature, or just making it exclusive for a certain class of tourists? Seems like they’re just removing the affordable amenities.

      • GreenWarrior February 12, 2024

        It’s about time we prioritize the environment over convenience. There are other ways to enjoy nature without exploiting it.

    • IslandHopper21 February 12, 2024

      It’s a fine line, but without actions like these, we risk losing these places altogether. It’s about long-term preservation, not short-term gain.

  2. BeachLover1990 February 12, 2024

    This feels like a step backward. Part of the appeal of beaches like Freedom Beach is the convenience of amenities. Without them, fewer people might visit.

    • EchoChamber February 12, 2024

      Fewer visitors might actually be a good thing. Less trash, less damage, and a chance for nature to heal.

      • BeachBum77 February 12, 2024

        Exactly! The beach doesn’t exist to serve us. We’re just visitors. We need to respect that.

  3. LocalYokel February 12, 2024

    What about the locals who depend on tourist income? This decision could hurt small businesses and families.

    • ResponsibleTraveler February 12, 2024

      There can be a balance. Sustainable tourism is the key. It’s about creating an environment where both nature and locals benefit.

    • PolicyNerd February 12, 2024

      It’s a tough balance, but policies like these can offer incentives for eco-friendly business practices. It’s the future.

      • LocalYokel February 12, 2024

        I hope so. The community needs both the income and the preservation of nature.

  4. JennyH February 12, 2024

    It’s refreshing to see measures being taken to safeguard our beaches. Hoping this sets a precedent for other tourist spots too.

    • DoubtfulDebbie February 12, 2024

      As good as it sounds, I’ll believe it when I see sustainable action and real, positive outcomes.

  5. EcoEddie February 12, 2024

    Preservation efforts are great, but what’s the plan for managing the economic impact? Needs a holistic approach.

    • PragmaticPete February 12, 2024

      Developing eco-tourism could be the answer. It’s a growing sector that respects both the environment and local economies.

  6. CuriousCat February 12, 2024

    I wonder how this will affect the overall visitor experience. Is there a plan to introduce alternative amenities?

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