A Hammock on a Tranquil Beach
Whilst this does not really apply in Bangkok it will if you travel to your favourite beach in Thailand. The authorities are planning to implement a total ban on smoking on beaches. At first the main beaches in Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Koh Samui etc will be targeted, with the others following later.

They say that receptacles will be provided at entry points to the beaches so that smokers can deposit their cigarette butts before entering the beach area.

As usual with such clampdowns it might be a five minute wonder, but who knows? The penalty for smoking on a Thai beach will be a fine up to 100000 Baht / 1 years imprisonment. The main argument for this is pollution of the sea and beaches.

I will leave it to you to think about that.

UPDATE: Ban on smoking taking effect from 1st February, 2018

24 beaches affected across 15 coastal provinces.

At first offenders will be warned but it is not clear how long this leniency will last. Apparently there will be designated smoking areas at the beaches and signage stating where you cannot smoke.

Here is a list of affected beaches:

  • Dongtan (Pattaya - Jomtien)
  • Patong (Phuket);
  • Saeng Chan (Rayong)
  • Laem Sadet (Chanthaburi)
  • Bang Saen, Tham Phung, Sai Kaew, Dong Tan (Chonburi)
  • Cha-am (Phetburi)
  • Hua Hin and Khao Takiab (Prachuap Khiri Khan)
  • Bo Phut (Koh Samui)
  • Sai Ri (Chumphon)
  • Khao Lak (Phang Nga)
  • Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nai (off the coast of Phang Nga)
  • Chalok Baan Kao (Koh Tao)
  • Klong Dao, Kor Kwang, and Phra Ae (Koh Lanta)
  • Ban Chuen (Trat)
  • Chala That (Songkhla)
  • Samran (Trang)
  • Plai Sai (Nakhon Sri Thammarat)
  • Wasukri (Pattani).

UPDATE 2019: Although there have been reports of some people being fined for smoking on beaches it does not seem to be prevalent in the local news.

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