31 January 2015, NNT
The director of the National Parks Bureau has visited Koh Chang in Trat province to gather information on the land encroachment problems on the island.
After a meeting with chief of Koh Chang National Park Weera Khunchairak, director of the National Parks Bureau, Samak Donnapi, disclosed that 38 Rai of land on Koh Chang has been illegally occupied by more than 300 capitalists who provide the funding for more than 500 restaurants, resorts, bungalows and a local hospital. The encroachment has brought on an ugly sight to the island.
According to the chief of Koh Chang National Park, some of the constructions were demolished during the past year but operators of the remaining ones continue to defy the laws despite their awareness of possible penalties.
The director of the National Parks Bureau stressed that all constructions on the encroached land must be removed, adding that authorities would be sent to Koh Chang as soon as possible to carry out the task.
The army were out on White Sand beach today. This photo sent to me today by a visitor to Koh Chang. And Thai TV News this evening has been leading with reports of the crackdown.