Police chief will clean up Patong
For anyone who has ever been to Patong, you will no doubt have seen that Soi Bangla is a pretty messy place. Late at night, there are some areas of Patong that are not exactly the most savory of spots. Tourists are often put off by the large amounts of rubbish that seem accumulate around Soi Bangla.
The situation in Patong has become so dire that the Kathu police chief (Kathu being the district under which jurisdiction of Patong falls) has vowed to cleanup the area — by enforcing laws that have existed for years.
The premise of this story, which was reported in the local paper the Gazette, is that the police chief has set out new guidelines for all Patong vendors along Soi Bangla. These vendors are now not allowed to take out their trash between 6 pm and 2 am. After 2 am, they can put their garbage on the street for the Patong refuse collectors to come and pick up.
Putting garbage on the street already carries a fine of up to 1,000 baht, but the police chief said that the law is never enforced in Patong. All that might be about to change as Patong tries to clean up its act for the sake of tourists.
We reckon this initiative will last about two weeks.