Smoking ban on 20 beaches in Thailand from November

There will be a complete ban on smoking on twenty popular beaches across Thailand from November 2017. The penalty for smoking will be either one year in prison or a fine of up to 100,000 Baht (US$3,000) or both. The twenty beaches included are in Pattaya, Bangsaen, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Phuket, Samui, Phang Nga and Songkhla. If the campaign is successful, more beaches will be included in the smoking ban.

The smoking ban is due to people discarding cigarette butts on the beach. During a recent beach clean-up on Patong Beach in Phuket, it was estimated that there were 63,237 – 138,879 cigarette butts per 2.5 km of beach.

The following list of beaches in Thailand will have a smoking ban from November 2017.

  • Rayong: Mae Pim beach
  • Chanthaburi: Laem Singh beach
  • Choburi: Bangsaen, Pattaya and Jomtien beaches
  • Phetchaburi: Khiri Khan and Khao Takiab beaches
  • Surat Thai: Bo Phut beach on Samui
  • Chumphon: Sai Ree beach
  • Phuket: Patong beach
  • Phang Nga: Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nai beaches
  • Songkhla: Simila beach
  • Krabi: Phra Ae, Klong Dao and Klong Kwang beaches

4 thoughts on “Smoking ban on 20 beaches in Thailand from November

  • October 10, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Fantastic news….now to impleme t this inside bars and restaurants!

  • October 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    … first things first FAR better to enforce a litter ban and clear up all the trash that lines Jomtien and so many other beaches in Thailand. Enact, enforce AND implrment a MASSIVE education of the population policy. Chances of initiating such REAL change? 1 in a million … back to a nominal smoking ban 🙁

  • October 17, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    might as well ban bikinis on beach!

  • October 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    It makes sense to stop people from antisocial behavior, like littering, but the punishment should fit the crime. 1 years imprisonment and/or a THB 100,000 fine just isn’t reasonable. [Especially when compared with the potential sentencing for far worse crimes].

    This YouTube video does a good job of summarizing the current situation, and this bizarre proposed legislation.


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