PHUKET: Hundreds of locals from Phuket’s Cherng Talay beach community turned out in force on Saturday to join a cycling and beach cleanup event to celebrate the 86th birthday of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on December 5.

Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut officiated the opening of the event, organized by the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor), before leading the merit-making ceremony to honor His Majesty.

“In this special event honoring the birthday of His Majesty The King of Thailand, I would like to repeat the words of our king reminding people to be kind, united, honest and fair,” Governor Maitri said.