Phuket’s west coast was pounded by huge waves on Sunday morning, with a mid-morning high tide, 30-kilometre winds and southwest monsoonal waves washing away parts of some of the island’s most popular beaches.
The International Surf Life Saving Association (ISLA) said the conditions were very hazardous for beachgoers and swimmers. Waves hitting Surin Beach also exposed an old sea wall built previously for a similar situation.
“The exposed remnants of the old wooden sea wall are creating a hazard for beachgoers,” an ISLA spokesperson said.
Kata Beach, meanwhile, almost vanished under the waves and surf.
Fortunately, the winds are expected to abate this week.