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Tourism industry backlash staves off doubling of park entry fees

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THAILAND: The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP) has decided to rethink its plans to double the entrance fees to National Parks after coming under fire from tourism businesses.

The DNP had planned to double park entry fees so that foreign children would pay 200 baht, foreign adults 400 baht, Thai children 20 baht and Thai adults 40 baht.

Phuket Tourist Association President Pattanapong Aekwanich, told the Gazette that he disagreed with increasing the National Park fees, in spite of the DNP’s claims that they are short of money.

K. Pattanapong also said that he thought that in some cases entry fees should be decreased, citing Sirinath National Park at Nai Yang as an example. He said that he thought the 200-baht entry fee for foreign adults was already too much as the park’s facilities were not good and there was nothing for tourists to see or do.

“If the prices are too high, tourists will visit other attractions,” he said, explaining that for a couple of hundred baht more, instead of visiting Sirinath National Park tourists could visit Simon Cabaret.

“The fees are already high and if the officers were more strict in collecting them, then the DNP would have enough money. But if the DNP raises its entry fees, tourist businesses will be affected and the burden will be passed on to consumers. This will have a negative effect on tourism,” K. Pattanapong added.

K. Pattanapong’s sentiments were echoed across the bay in Krabi, where Ittirit Kinglek, Chief of the Krabi Tourism Business Association, said, “The government wants to promote tourism, but the DNP wants to increase [National Park entrance] fees, which is the opposite of what tourism businesses in the Andaman region need.

“The current rates are already quite high for tourists and tour agencies. If the price is increased to 400 baht [per foreign adult], it will be harder for tourists to pay and some national parks do not have high-standard accommodation and services. If we increase prices, then we should improve the parks and facilities, too.”

“We have asked for the DNP to rethink the idea. Tourism is still feeling the effects of the tsunami, the World Cup is now on and it is the low season. It is not a good time to raise prices.”

Kridwikrome Kleawkla, Chief Assistant at Sirinath National Park, said, “If the head office thinks prices should be raised, then they must have their reasons.”

“At Sirinath National Park I have to explain to tourists before they decide to enter the park that the facilities have not been fully restored to the standard they were before the tsunami.

“I think the proposed new rates will not affect tourists; they can pay the higher prices, but if we charge ‘international’ prices, then we should improve the park to international standards,” he added.



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Phuket house keeper keeps 2,600 meth pills and 3kg of marijuana at house in Rawai

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A Rawai house keeper has been arrested with 2,600 methamphetamine pills and three kilograms of marijuana.

A team of Border Patrol Police has arrested 47 year old Wanlee ‘Mai’ Eiadkerd. Police seized 2,600 methamphetamine pills and three kilograms of marijuana inside a house in Rawai.

The arrest follows police first arresting a Thai woman with methamphetamine pills in Chalong. She told police she got the drugs from a woman called ‘Wanlee’. She said that Wanlee is a house keeper at a house in Soi Yanui, Rawai.

Police continued the investigation and found Wanlee at the house. Police didn’t find any drugs in the house but Wanlee volunteered information that she kept drugs in another house in Sai Yuan, Rawai where she also works as a house keeper.

She was taken to Chalong Police Startion and charged with illegal possession of Category 1 and 5 Drugs with intent to sell.

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Phuket police launch search for man in Facebook post pointing a gun at his head

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Last night Phuket Police launched a manhunt after a photo of a man pointing gun at his head went viral in social media.

The Phuket City Police took about five hours to find the house after the photo of the man, who was pointing a gun at his head, along with a depressing message, was posted on the man’s social media page.

Police finally identified the house at Koh Sirey in Rassada, east of Phuket Town. Police found the man had already gone to sleep in his bedroom.

Today police will be questioning him and checking the legality and ammunition with his gun. They will also be urging him to seek help if he is having problems.

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77 year old Swedish tourist rescued at Patong Beach – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Patong Lifeguard

Lifeguards at Patong Beach rescued a 77 year old Swedish male tourist from drowning after he lost consciousness whilst in the water.

Lifeguards pulled the Swedish tourist, Berlin Goran, out of the water after he passed out whilst swimming at the beach.

Head of Patong lifeguard Somprasong Sangchart says, “We saw other swimmers wave their hands and call for help after they saw Mr Goran fainting face down into the water. We rushed in to retrieve him, he was about 40 metres off shore.

“Mr Goran was unconscious and his pulses was very weak. Lifeguards provided CPR and recovered Mr Goran’s pulse and conciousness. He was rushed to Patong Hospital.”

Doctor says that Mr Goran was very lucky that he was rescued immediately. They say if there was a longer delay he would probably have died.

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