Starting from 1st February 2018, it will be illegal to smoke on twenty four popular beaches around Thailand.

If you are caught smoking or dropping cigarette butts on the beach, then you could face a fine of up to 100.000 Baht and/or a maximum of one year in prison.

Famous tourist beaches affected include Patong, Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nai in Phuket; Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Khao Takiab in the western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan; Pattaya, Jomtien, Bangsaen in the eastern province of Chonburi, as well as Samila in Songkhla city.

The twenty four beaches are:

• 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

Thailand banned smoking and littering at 24 beach over environmental concerns

Officials say this new ban aims to reduce marine pollution and introduce fresher air to the country’s palm-fringed beaches, with more beaches expected to be added to the list in the future. Also, electronic cigarettes are illegal in Thailand.

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