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Phi Phi park chief seeks transfer after protest

PHUKET: The chief of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park has requested a transfer to another position after a protest by passenger boat operators against the high entry fee levied on foreign tourists.

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Thursday 23 February 2017, 04:05PM


Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park chief Sarayut Tantien. Photo: Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Facebook
Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park chief Sarayut Tantien. Photo: Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Facebook

Sarayut Tantien has sent a letter to the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conversation Department citing health reasons for his desire to move to another post.

The request comes after boat operators blocked the entrance to the pier for Phi Phi park sites on Tuesday (Feb 21) and yesterday (Feb 22), demanding fees for foreign adults to be slashed by half, from B400 to B200.

The department yesterday stood firm on the fees at the park.

Under the system of double-tier pricing, Thais are charged B40 and their children B20.

Mr Sarayut, who has run the park since June 2015, said his health is deteriorating and he needs to make frequent visits to doctors.

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Boat operators complained business is falling because many foreign visitors now consider the difference in entry fees is excessive. The current two-tier charges have been in place since 2007.

Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine scientist at Kasetsart University who helped Mr Sarayut develop the park in Krabi, east of Phuket, questioned the stated motive for the rally. He claimed more tourists are visiting Noppharat Thara Beach and the Phi Phi islands, and the park has increasingly cashed in on entrance fees.

“If the problem is about park fees, it would have occurred years ago.

“Not now,” he wrote on his Facebook account.

Read original story here.

 

 

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tara11 | 24 February 2017 - 05:20:09

Probably getting to hot to handle,and more than likely getting kick backs

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simon01 | 23 February 2017 - 20:48:20

good the fees are way too high for what they tourists get. The islands is in all the main areas a mess. Its over crowded, dirty and not worth a 50 baht fee. Yes if you stay there you can get to more isolated places but the days tours are just a waste of time. If the money went to limiting numbers, limiting boats, making all speed boats go slow and well outside the diving and snorkel areas. BUT as it is it too crowded and too dirty and dangerous. I wish there was a place to upload photos to show what its really like.

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Kurt | 23 February 2017 - 19:21:19

1: The whole Phi phi park entrance fee is not correct. It is a racial injustice, the RICH thai people visiting Europe pay the same entrance fees as the locals. The traveling RICH thai people do not pay 10 times the local fees in Europe!
2:Yes Park Chief, the entrance fees are a problem, that it comes out now, and not years ago is simply a matter of time frame.
Times are changing, things today become known world wide. People not recognize themselves anymore in corrupt thai nonsense and racism.
( see reactions in Bangkok Post)
3: Asking for transfer 'for health reasons' I do understand.
Seems he can not handle problems coming with his well paid job.
His own thai country men can become a problem for him with no place to run.

It is time of a complete Phi Phi overhaul by the thai Royal navy.
Now it looks like the mob are ruling the island. Not in hands of thai Government any longer. Quite clear. 

By the way, where is the partly entrance fee collection without giving tickets going?
Something for NACC?

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