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Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

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Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

The restaurants and massage places adjacent to the JWM on Khuk Khak beach are normally prone to closure in the Wet Season (May to October) because of ocean and beach conditions. However, it is more than likely that all will close for the Wet Season for a different reason. The control of the public land, including that bordering the beach is vested in the local Khao Lak Village Community who have recently appointed a new Head Man or Phu Yai Ban. He is a progressive young man with firm ideas how land and the development of it should be controlled for the benefit of the community and visitor more in the future than it has in the past.

All the properties adjacent to the JWM are on Khuk Khak land but as in other beach areas are there without a licence or without paying rent. So at the end of April the beachfront property owners have been told they will have to close and relocate/rebuild their properties with better facilities (toilets, shower etc,) and in particular access, further back from the beach. They will have to apply for a licence and pay a fee and if the area is oversubscribed there may have to be a lottery to determine which businesses reopen, probably in October.

This information has been independently confirmed with contacts in the local tourism sector as well as some of the beach property owners themselves who seem pretty philosophical about the whole thing.

There are also"threats" to the beach properties between the Mai Khao Lak and the Beyond Resort on Pak Weeb Beach where there has been an "explosion" of properties built since the Mai was built. This land is "owned by the King" and again properties are there without licence or rent. One owner said that there should be a maximum of two businesses there so something is set to give.

On the northern end of Nang Thong Beach and across the creek on Bang Niang Beach up to the Ramada, the land has been bought by the La Flora Group who have issued notices to quit to the businesses, again allegedly from the end of this April but are facing some resistance especially from the fishermen who would lose their unloading and mooring facilities up the river towards the Riverside Resort.

I will post more information as and when I obtain it.

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1. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

Arandora

We are stopping at the Khao Lak Resort Hotel from the 26th April until the 10th May, will this have a big effect on our stay or will we still have plenty of choices to eat and drink?

Thanks

Brian.

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2. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

Arandora

Also looking at a few days in Khao Lak at the end of May.

Now not so sure and any advice would be most welcome.

Kind regards

Jim

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3. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

Hmm we did hear about this last year with the La Flora group, very sad for the resturants and bars along this strip and also for the fishing boats moored :(

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4. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

Brian

Unless you plan to go out to any of the beaches I have mentioned on a regular basis there should be no effect whatsoever on your stay as the Khao Lak Resort is on Sunset Beach and your main dining opportunities are just down the road in Bang La On, the main township full of restaurants, bars and shops.

Jim,

At the time you are thinking of beach restaurants in the areas I have mentioned are not guaranteed to be open anyway if the ocean is rough and tides are high. It depends where you are thinking of staying but there are plenty of other dining opportunities in Khao Lak in the Wet Season.

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5. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

Thanks Arandora was slightly worried for a moment :)

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6. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

You'll be fine and the hot, sunny weather (driest first quarter in 10 years) is forecast to continue. Hope I haven't blighted that now!! :-) Today the air temperature at the beach was 35c, a lady took a thermometer into the sea and its temperature was 34c!

Edited: 29 March 2013, 15:57
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7. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

That's great news like you say hope you've not put the mockers on that! Can't wait to get there only 3 weeks on Thursday till we leave the freezing cold UK :)

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8. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

You can see preparations already taking place for land clearance adjacent to the JWM at https:/…

The last pics 14-17 are of the land immediately on the left coming down from the highway towards the Orchid Beach Resort. In less than a week this very large area of previously unspoiled land has been completely cleared of vegetation leaving just a bare tract of earth. Whether this preparation for development or making it more presentable for sale is not certain at the moment.

More visible signs of Khao Lak in general and Khuk Khak in particular on the move!

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9. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

Hi arandora, do you think there will still be beach restaurants by the jwm when we come in December? I really hope we can sit on the beach and have dinner! Many thanks.

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10. Re: Restaurant etc closures various beaches Wet Season 2013

I was going to ask the same question . We were really looking forward to trying out the beach restaurants by the Marriott in January 2014 :-(

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