are there still some restaurants on the beach Bang Tao,,,like TUM ???
For the record....we cancelled our 10 days at Dusit in April, purely because the beach atmosphere as we knew it from countless previous stays was gone. Such a shame, I understand you should not build on public land without authority, but the reality is all those people have lost their businesses and income, the hotels have lost guests and we have lost a fantastic place to enjoy quality accom., beautiful clean (maintained by the locals!) beaches where one could enjoy drinks and snacks on beach chairs and great local food with your toes in the sand.
If we want a great hotel experience only, we may as well go to Waikiki and shop till we drop. Or Bali for something similar to our old Phuket.
This was not a great move for Phuket tourism.
Hi All, I'm sorry to go over old ground but i just want to clarify something. I have booked to stay in a villa in the area in May next year, and reading these posts, I am worried that there will be nowhere for us to sit and have a beer, or go for some food, walk around shops… is this the case? This is not the Thailand that I’m used to and having never been to Phuket, I am concerned.
Why all the long faces? Maybe now the owners of restaurants and businesses who own or rent a legal property and do things the right way will get the custom they deserve. I was at Bangtao November last year and ate at a beach front legally occupying space just about 5 metres off the beach, the atmosphere was fine, as was the food. Some near him that had sat further forward had been demolished, but fair enough.
As far as beach lounges go, I was sick of trying to sit on a public beach in Phuket without getting shooed away by illegal chair operators for encroaching on "their property".
The only problem with all the demolishing is that the illegal operators, not the army, should have cleaned up their mess in repayment for the years of free rent. I am back in November and with all you people cancelling I am looking forward to getting some good deals at Bangtao.
My hubby and my family have been 10 times to Bang Tao beach during the last 15 years. For us the magic which makes Bang Tao beach so special is gone. If we are flying so long we don't want to sit on the pool. And common people now the babyboomers over 50 will rule more and more. This generation don't want to lie on matrasses and sacks on the beach. And now beach restaurant anymore on the beach is radiculous. Really a big shame of the goverment of Phuket. Tourists will stay away.
Argh, this is so disappointing. I loved Bangtao for these very reasons when I last visited 8 years ago.
So, where do people now think is the best alternative in Phuket, for something similar ??
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