Illegal Thai park resorts flattened

Demolitions of illegally built resorts in Thap Lan National Park were scheduled to begin last night(July 27 night) in a large area covering nine locations between Prachin Buri and Nakhon Ratchasima.

This is the third in a series of crackdowns on illegal encroachment and resort operations. The nine locations cover 1,857 rai (297 hectares) and comprise 55 resorts - one large resort on a 45rai plot and 54 others elsewhere in the area.

Demolitions were to be carried out simultaneously at all nine locations by nine forestranger teams, with machinery required at two of them.

A total of 418 resort owners, who had encroached on more than 8,000 rai of land in Thap Lan National Park, face legal action. Fortynine of them will have to stand trial, said deputy park chief Anuwat Leelaphata.

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