The National Park Service has delivered an order to Mr. Wasan Sodsai, the owner of the “Sai Yok Floatel Resort”, for the expulsion of his luxury raft resort worth 20 million baht from the Kwai Noi River in the Sai Yok National Park, Kanchanaburi Province, within 30 days.
This follows charges against Mr. Wasan for “constructing and occupying land and rivers in the Sai Yok National Park area without permission”.
The Central Administrative Court had made the order with Mr. Wasan not appealing. There is also an order not to sue Mr. Wasan. because of the lack of intention to commit any wrongdoing. If the resort is not moved within 30 days, he would be in breach of the National Park Act 2019 under Section 35 (1).
This section states that if there is non-compliance with an official order to leave the national park or to refrain from any action or to move things out of the national park there is a liability of imprisonment for not more than 6 months or a fine not exceeding 50,000 baht or both and that person is still liable to a daily fine of not more than 10,000 baht per day until the correct practice is performed.
Refusal to move may also result in officials taking that action with a liability of 500,000 THB for the costs involved.