Kamala Beach

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Beach in Thailand
Kamala Beach
กมลา
Beach
Kamala Beach.jpg
7°57′26.2″N 98°16′58.9″E / 7.957278°N 98.283028°E / 7.957278; 98.283028Coordinates 22: 7°57′26.2″N 98°16′58.9″E / 7.957278°N 98.283028°E / 7.957278; 98.283028
CountryThailand
Languages
 • OfficialThai
Time zoneUTC+7 (Indochina Time)

Kamala Beach or just Kamala (Thai: กมลา, pronounced [kā.mā.lāː]) refers to the beach and town on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Phuket.[1][2][3]

Geography

It is situated north of Patong, about 8 km, and at a distance of about half an hour from Phuket Airport via car. It has a long sandy curvy stretch of 3 km and usually a quiet atmosphere.[4][5]

Tsunami's aftermath (Patong)

2004 Tsunami

On 26 December 2004, a tsunami wave caused by the Indian Ocean earthquake struck major west coast beaches of Phuket, and Kamala suffered severe damage.[6][7]

Covid-19's effect

The Covid-19 Pandemic affected Phuket severely, including Kamala Beach. The quarantine majorly impacted country's tourism. The Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, quoted "Phuket, Samui and Phi Phi -- among the first places to welcome inoculated tourists without quarantine before a wider national reopening -- are all smaller islands and will allow authorities to quickly curb movement if community transmission spikes. Proof of vaccination has been mandated to visit Phuket and other places.[8][9]

Cockfighting

Cock fighting/breeding

Cockfighting is illegal in Phuket, but Kamala Beach has become the center for breeding cock fight chicken in Phuket. Many breeding centers are run by influential people, politicians, and local mafias. This has caused conflicts amongst landowners who share their borders with cock breeding centers because of the cocks’ crowing, and the corresponding decrease in the land’s financial value.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

References

  1. ^ "Kamala Beach in Phuket".
  2. ^ "Kamala Beach 101". 23 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Kamala Beach Vacation Travel Guide".
  4. ^ "Wiki Travel KB".
  5. ^ "Kamala Beach Phuket".
  6. ^ "Tsunami, December 26, 2004 at Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand: Personal Notes from Mark Oberle".
  7. ^ "Tsunami reconnaissance survey in Thailand using satellite images and GPS".
  8. ^ "Empty beaches, chained doors: Surreal scenes in Phuket as island pins reopening hopes on vaccines".
  9. ^ "Thailand Ready to Tackle Outbreak From Reopening, Minister Says".
  10. ^ "Phuket Secret Cockfight: Death in the Afternoon".
  11. ^ "See cockfights in Phuket, Thailand".
  12. ^ "ตร.สืบสวนภูเก็ตร่วม ตร.วิชิตบุกซุ้มไก่ชน รวบ 69 คนไทย-พม่าลอบเล่นพนัน". 12 January 2020.
  13. ^ "รวบ 60 เซีนนพนันไก่ชนขณะล้อมวงตีไก่กันอย่างเมามัน".
  14. ^ "ตำรวจภูเก็ตนำกำลังปิดล้อมจับนักพนันชนไก่ ได้ผู้ต้องหาเกือบ 60 คน".
  15. ^ "วงไก่ชนกระเจิง รวบ 15 นักพนันชนไก่ทั้งไทยและเมียนมาที่ป่าคลอก".