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Alcohol banned at national parks after complaints of trash and drunk tourists

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Alcohol is now banned at national parks after tourists allegedly got drunk at a waterfall and others left a load of trash by their campsite. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has updated other park rules to make sure parks are kept clean and the wildlife isn’t disturbed.

Just last week, trash left at a campsite at Khao Yai National Park was boxed up in a parcel and sent back to the campers. Thailand’s Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa says he will blacklist certain tourists from national parks if they litter or cause damage to protected areas.

“We kindly ask every tourist to put garbage in the provided areas because the garbage that you left may kill wild animals that come down around the area looking for food. In this case, we purposefully collected all your rubbish in a box and sent them to your home as a souvenir as a lesson to not litter anywhere ever again.”

Other tourists were allegedly drunk and making a lot of noise at the Namtok Samlan National Park, Varawut says. He says both groups of tourists face charges for their actions.

Here are some of the revised rules…

  • Alcohol is banned at national parks for the time being
  • Loud noise is not allowed after 9pm and noise must be stopped at 10pm
  • When renting a tent, tourists must provide identification, address and phone number

“Those who break the rules will be asked to leave and may face legal actions as well as being banned from other national parks. Camping equipment can also be confiscated.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, September 21, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Another day another ban, however this time it was probably Thais the caused the ban.
    Camping equipment can be confiscated?? Why?
    They just cannot miss a chance of making money out of a ban, can they?

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    Perceville Smithers

    Monday, September 21, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    From what I’ve observed, most Western tourists toss their trash in trash cans/bins while some of the locals just drop it. When I’ve held on to an empty bottle to find a trash can, my Thai friend would take it from me and throw on the side of the street.

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      CDR

      Monday, September 21, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      And he’s still your friend ???

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        Perceville Smithers

        Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 1:21 am

        Yes, she is but I don’t see her as much as I used to.

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    Boicotthailand

    Monday, September 21, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Thailand is turning North Korea #boicotthailand

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Monday, September 21, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    What tourists?!

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    Maag

    Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Should start to ban corruption first !

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    James

    Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    This is unusual.

    I was in Rayong last year which is a seaside tourist area for mainly Thai weekend tourists, they turn up in pickup-trucks full of people in the front and back of the truck and all you see are such trucks parked along the sea/beachfront for two miles.

    They leave garbage, beer bottles, and all sort of rubbish behind, I have seen the few farangs who live in the area pick it up to make the place tidier.

    Patong beach in Phuket after a Thai festival is normally strewn with rubbish, there may be some farangs who litter but Thais as I have seen are ten times worse.

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    Terry

    Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Thai tourist I suspect! but in all modesty… they like to blame someone else…

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    Mary

    Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Good laugh – what tourists? There are none – so my guess, it should be Thai citizen. And the same for the trash.

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    Bruno sørensen

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 2:35 am

    Tourists oh yes sure it was probably ” dirty farangs” – and who is it throwing all the garbage in thaialnd a country incredible dirty ? it is THAIS – only thais who do that put populare to put the blame on turists – as usuall. . we need to find anotherp lace to go we are not welcomed in Land of Smiles anymore- if we ever was. . .

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    Jeab

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 6:57 am

    No real surprise , i see almost every day Thais cleaning out there cars as they drive along the road at 100 k

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Pretty sad comments all round.

    No-one is blaming farangs.

    No different to farangs in their own countries, though, Thailand has local tourists and some respect the environment and the area they’re visiting and some abuse it, as similarly some locals do and some don’t.

    The idea that all farangs are saints and all Thais sinners is about as stupid as the reverse – some are, and equally obviously, some aren’t.

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    Sam

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 8:37 am

    From my observation Thais are just not trained to be litter smart. I dont blame the people I blame the Government, it’s their role to educate the citizens on these matters and they simply dont do it. It should be taught in the schools but I see the youngest kids being the worst offenders so clearly they are not taught. Motorbike helmets is the same problem, the Police and Government do nothing to educate the citizens so they just ignore the rules. I hope these young protesters can eventually change things and bring these beautiful people the good lives they deserve with proper education

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    Waverider

    Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    A tourist can be from anywhere in the world.
    These just happened to be Thai, very few have any respect for their country side, and expect some to clean up where ever they go.
    Ditches get filled with garbage causing blockages and flooding.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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As Thailand accuses a Netflix documentary of using outdated and inaccurate information about the country’s fishing industry, a number of global environmental experts are echoing similar criticisms. According to a report in Coconuts, Seaspiracy has been slammed for being full of inaccuracies and twisting the science behind the damage to the world’s oceans, minimising the role of climate change and plastic pollution.

Brian Kahn, a journalist with an MA in Climate and Society, has written a piece called, Don’t Watch Netflix’s Seaspiracy, in which he also accuses the documentary of resorting to racial stereotypes.

“The bad guys are Asians, specifically Japanese whale and dolphin hunters and Chinese consumers of shark fin soup. The good guys – in this case, the experts he cites – are mostly white.”

According to the Coconuts report, the Marine Stewardship Council in London agrees the documentary contains “several inaccuracies” and the Plastic Pollution Coalition says the makers have “cherry-picked” quotes that will fit with their narrative. Marine biology magazine, Hakai, has also weighed in on the matter.

“Though the film misleads viewers with oversimplified science, its real harm is that it ignores the history, culture, and systemic inequities that are entwined with ocean conservation.”

Seaspiracy had its global release last month and has become one of the top 10 most-watched offerings on the Netflix streaming service. Opinion is divided, with many praising British filmmaker Ali Tabrizi for highlighting the issues with the global fishing industry, while others have slammed it for being biased and scientifically inaccurate.

The Royal Thai Navy has also criticised its portrayal of the country’s fishing industry, claiming it’s based on outdated information. In 2015, reporter Thapanee Eadsrichai exposed the significant role human trafficking and slavery played in the industry. This led to a crackdown of sorts, although slavery is still suspected of playing a role, on a smaller scale. The EU then threatened to ban all Thai seafood when the Kingdom’s illegal fishing practices came to light, but backed down when Thailand took steps to rectify the situation.

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According to the State of Global Air 2020 Report, around 32,000 premature deaths in Thailand, back in 2019, have been attributed to air pollution. The report cites the PM2.5 pollution particles as the main culprit as particles in that size range are the most likely to travel deeply into the respiratory tract, reaching the lungs.

Exposure to these fine particles can cause short-term health effects, such as eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath. But the long-term effects of being exposed to the particles is much more sinister.

Long-term exposure to PM2.5 pollution particles can affect lung function and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease. Scientific studies have linked increases in daily PM2.5 exposure with increased respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions, emergency department visits and deaths.

Studies also suggest that long-term exposure to fine particulate matter may be associated with increased rates of chronic bronchitis, reduced lung function and increased mortality from lung cancer and heart disease. People with breathing and heart problems, children and the elderly may be more sensitive to PM2.5 particles.

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Phuket’s beaches are perhaps one of the only silver linings from the Covid pandemic, with marine life visibly rebounding after a long break from tourism, at least that’s what the Tourism Authority of Thailand says. The tourism officials say the huge reduction in tourist traffic has contributed to the Andaman Sea and coastlines becoming clearer than it has been in a long time, with local reservoirs teeming with fresh water.

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Mai Khao, Nai Yang, Nai Thon, and Sai Kaeo beaches, in northern Phuket, are visibly rejuvenated areas to visit as well. The 4 beaches are part of Sirinat National Park, where Olive Ridley sea turtles and Leatherneck turtles have returned during the pandemic to lay eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles were seen laying eggs on Mai Khao Beach after 20 years of no activity. The Leatherneck turtles also returned to lay eggs after 10 years of being absent.

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