The Cha-Am Municipality is imposing strict measures to control marine jet skis and other boat rental businesses on the beach, requiring exact price lists from the owner. Violation is subject to serious penalties from authorities. The Lord Mayor of Cha-Am Mr. Nukul Pornsomboonsiri said that he has considered the problems of some businesses taking advantage of beachgoers. Stricter measures will now be put in place. “The Cha-Am Municipality has formulated measures to control boat services for tourists in terms of correct and exact pricing.
These measures for those who violate the law include bonds of good behaviour license revokation. No formal complaints have been filed with the authorities,” said Mr. Nukul. The Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Cha-Am, Mr. Akkharawit Thephasit added that the TAT of Cha-Am and the Municipality frequently monitor boat owners on Cha-Am beaches. They asked them not to overcharge customers and everyone who rides banana boat or any other types of the boat should wear a life vest for safety. “I’d like to thank the Cha-Am Municipality for taking care of the businesses and solving problems that tourists may face. Cooperation is also offered by the Cha- Am tourist police and all police officers here,” he said. The Chairman of the local boat owners association, Montree Meerit said that are 125 members of the Association.
Customers can file complaint concerning overcharging with supervisors at six locations along the Cha-Am beaches. “So far, no one has complained about overcharging although some have commented on boats that enter into swimming areas. All boat owners are asked to provide correct pricing information and insist that customers wear life vests for safety. Children are advised not to ride the boats even when accompanied by parents and drivers,” concluded Mr. Akkharawit.