Structures on Nui and Freedom beaches in Phuket to be demolished
Illegal structures on Nui and Freedom beaches in Phuket are to be demolished after officers seized encroached-upon land in parts of the Narkerd Reserve Forest on Sunday.
Nui Beach (not to be confused with Ya Nui Beach) is north of Nai Harn Beach.
Freedom Beach is north of the beach in front of Le Meridien Hotel.
The investigation followed officials having received many complaints that tourists were having to pay entrance fees at Nui and Freedom beaches.
Officials have also inspected Pa Hin Dam (Black Rock) and Dragon Cape in Karon, which together cover a 142-rai (22.7 hectares) area.
They say the encroached-upon area in Karon forms part of about 700 rai of land where there are many beautiful nature locations.
The land is valued at many billions of baht.
The structures on Nui and Freedom beaches, on encroached-upon land, are to be demolished.
The land is being seized so that it can be returned to its intended public use.
The legal processes will take no more than two months to complete, officials added.