As previously announced (Thailand to implement smoking ban on beaches) a smoking ban will be implemented on beaches in Thailand starting 1st February 2018. 24 beaches will be the first ones to make it illegal to smoke and litter (!!). If you’re caught you might face a fine of up to 100,000 THB and / or a year in prison. That’s probably not worth it!
A few beaches tested the new rules over the past three months and violators were only given a warning, starting February it will be serious though, so be aware.
Here is a lost of all the beaches that are implementing the ban right away:
Ban Cheun Beach, Trat
Laem Sade Beach, Chanthaburi
Saeng Chan Beach, Rayong
Bang Kaen Beach, Chon Buri
Tham Pang Beach, Chon Buri
Sai Kaeo Beach, Chon Buri
Dong Tan Beach, Chon Buri
Cha-am Beach, Phetchaburi
Hua Hin Beach, Prachuap Khiri Khan
Khao Takiab Beach, Prachuap Khiri Khan
Hat Said Res Beach, Champhon
Bo Phut Beach, Ko Samui, Surat Thani
Chalok Ban Kao Beach, Ko Phangan, Surat Thani
Plai Sai Beach, Nakhon Si Thammarat
Chalatat Beach, Songkhla
Wasukree Beach, Pattani
Patong Beach, Phuket
Ko Kai Nok Beach, Phang-nga
Ko Kai Nai Beach, Phang-nga
Khao Lak Beach, Phang-nga
Phra Ae Beach, Krabi
Khlong Dao Beach, Krabi
Khok Wang Beach, Krabi
Hat Samran Beach, Trang
Eventually more beaches will be added though; so as a rule of thumb, don’t be an ass and simply don’t smoke or litter at any beach. Can’t believe I actually have to say that.
On a related not please also be reminded that electronic cigarettes, or vaping, are also not allowed in Thailand.
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