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You know what's dangerous in Thailand? Taking selfies. Yes, you read that right. Very soon, taking selfies with a flying aircraft at Phuket's Mai Khao beach will land you in prison with probably a hefty fine. Even death penalty. A tad grim but yes, even a death penalty. Reason being, Mai Khao beach sits right next to Phuket International Airport. People have been thronging the beach for the sun, the sand and the snap. When the planes fly low during landing, they pass over the sandy stretch which may make a lot of adrenaline junkies want to get that insta-worthy selfie. Such fun!
But it's anything but fun for the pilots flying those aircrafts as these activities not so down below can get tad distracting. Now a 9 km-long zone has been cordoned off because of these distractions. Anyone caught trespassing will face maximum penalty. Along with this recent ban, visitors to the beach are also instructed against flying drones and using flashlights at the beach. The cordoning off of a section of the beach is already causing a lot of heat among the local vendors at the beach and also tourists. All it takes is to not do anything distracting, at least to someone who is flying a plane-full of people.
Mai Khao is on the northwestern coast of Phuket and is a part of Sirinat National Park. It is a pristine beach with white sands and is perfect for those who really like "long walks on the beach". Mai Khao is not as crowded as other beaches in Phuket but because of it's proximity to the Phuket International Airport, it does get attention from the aforementioned social-media worthy selfie takers.
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