Connect with us


Thai tourist’s mermaid pose ends up with a 1,500 Baht fine




By Somchai Samart, Pratch Rujivanrom

Three Thai tourists have been fined 1,500 Baht each for sitting on a mountain coral at Mu Koh Surin National Park in Phang Nga.

After pictures of two women posing picturesquely while sitting on a large ‘mountain coral’ – apparently in Ao Mae Yai Bay in the Surin Islands – went viral on social media, Mu Koh Surin National Park chief Phuttipot Kuprasit said on Thuesday the Thai tourist and two others had already been detained and fined for violating park rules.

Phuttipot said officers found the group shortly after they were informed of the wrongdoing. All three were Thai tourists who were fined 1,500 Baht per person, he added.

“The tourists said they misunderstood. They believed that the coral was a normal rock, but we clarified that it was actually mountain coral, so they apologised and admitted to their offence,” he said.

“We have no tolerance for people stepping on or touching the coral and feeding the fish, as it is against the park’s rules, and we have strict measures and officers to monitor tourist activities. However, we cannot observe all the tourists’ activities, especially when they are under water, so I would like to thank all good citizens who help us watch over our natural treasures.”

Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a leading marine biologist of Kasetsart University, said Ao Mae Yai Bay formerly had one of the largest coral reefs in Thailand, but due to severe damage from several incidents of coral bleaching, the area off Mu Koh Surin National Park had been closed to the public since 1995 to let the coral reef rehabilitate itself.

He added that tourism activities and touching the coral disrupted the reef’s recovery, because such activities could affect the growth of new young coral and endanger the entire reef.

“I believe that there are many beautiful locations in this national park where tourists can pose and take pictures without harming the underwater ecosystem,” he said.

Phuttipot said the area where the tourists had taken photos was not inside the restricted area of Ao Mae Yai Bay, but in an area designated for diving.


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Thailand's largest online portal for news and information.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand36 mins ago

Killer’s sentence reduced from 10 years to 3, plus community service

Phuket42 mins ago

Over 300 Phuket businesses awarded SHA Plus accreditation ahead of re-opening

Chon Buri1 hour ago

142 new Covid infections in Chon Buri, clusters in market workers and close contacts

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Phuket1 hour ago

Phuket 62% vaccinated, Sandbox ready to play in, hopefully

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Friday Covid Update: 3,058 new cases and 22 deaths

Krabi2 hours ago

Krabi hotels pin hopes on Phuket sandbox success

Tourism2 hours ago

Tourism bodies concerned vaccination uncertainty will disrupt re-opening

Indonesia3 hours ago

Over 350 vaccinated medical workers in Indonesia infected, dozens hospitalised

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Nightlife businesses petition government to reopen, sell alcohol

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

Koh Larn 70% vaccinated as Pattaya eyes reopening

Economy16 hours ago

BMA extends permits for street vendors to 2 years for stability

Phuket17 hours ago

Expats in Phuket without a work permit can register for a Covid-19 vaccine

Environment18 hours ago

Tar balls wash ashore on several Phuket beaches

Thailand18 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Private vaccines, PM promises to re-open Thailand, Phuket Sandbox | June 17

Thailand18 hours ago

2 dead following truck crash

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8