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    Alcohol banned in parks

    Alcohol banned in parks
    27/12/2010

    Tourists are banned from bringing all kinds of alcolic drinks into national parks all over the country from Monday to Jan 5, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti announced on Monday.

    The ban has been announced by the National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Department on Monday.

    Sunant Arunnopparat, the department chief, said the ban on alcoholic drinks is intended to prevent tourists from making loud noises to annoy other campers and wild animals.

    It is also part of safety measures for park visitors.

    Violators of the ban are liable to up to one month in jail and a fine of not more than 1,000 baht or both.

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    they slowly introducing it in britain too, mostly under local by laws
    seems like a worldwide roll out , by the one world government ?

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    But will this ban be enforced as rigorously as the Smoking in bars ban?

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    Good idea. Let's shut up all of those noisy foreigners so that the quiet Thai can drink quietly in peace.

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    Koh Samet banning booze? Can't imagine that. Booze free Thai islands aint going to get the tourists in.

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    It's bollocks.

    Just my professional view point mind.

    I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Koh Samet banning booze? Can't imagine that. Booze free Thai islands aint going to get the tourists in.
    K Samed not covered by liquor ban as there r privately-rented plots. Ban applies on areas directly under national park dept.
    From another forum.

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    Why don't they just ban tourist it would be easier.
    The park near us in Bangkok has the usual rules no smoking,no alcohol,no dogs.
    So why do i see Thais holding small dogs like its a baby wrapped in a small blanket and walking round the park with it.Then you see a Thai couple sitting on the grass having a picnic with 2 glasses and a bottle of wine.Only to be looked at by the security guard riding his motorbike round,also banned,smoking a cigarette.
    Yeah its time to ban tourist from Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey
    guard riding his motorbike round,also banned,smoking a cigarette.
    Similar to the "helmet checks" in Phuket
    When they have about 50 bikes and riders - they call the police station at Chalong for help.
    ALWAYS the help is a superior BIB who arrives on his bike with a bloody flat cap on !!- has a helmet but in the front basket !!!

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    said the ban on alcoholic drinks is intended to prevent tourists from making loud noises
    Typical Thai arrogance and xenophobia.

    Always blaming foreigners.

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    ^They maybe refering to Thai tourists perhaps?

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    Great idea, go to a park but don't have fun, sounds like a real seller.
    Maybe they should ban food to stop people making a mess and spoiling it for all the people not enjoying themselves.

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    ANTI-ALCOHOL RULES

    Alcohol banned in 110 parks
    Janjira Pongrai
    Mayuree Sukyingcharoenwong
    December 28, 2010



    New regulation not only bars sale of alcoholic drinks but restrains visitors from taking drinks in

    Most of Thailand's 110 national parks, including Khao Yai, have been declared alcohol-free zones.

    Not only will there be a ban on booze sales, but visitors will also be barred from bringing alcoholic drinks into the parks, Natural Resource and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti told a news conference yesterday.

    However, some senior officials said this might not apply at national parks where the private sector rents places for business, such as at Koh Samet.

    The parks used to earlier seek "the cooperation of visitors to avoid alcoholic drinks".

    The proactive stance followed the case of an engineering student who stabbed someone to death in Khao Yai National Park during a loud drinking party among student campers on December 26 Sunday.

    Talking at the news conference about safety measures at national parks from now until January 5, Suwit said the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department had yesterday announced the alcohol ban, so as to prevent drinking tourists from making noise and disturbing other campers or wildlife.

    Those violating the regulation will be punished with up to one month in jail and/or a Bt1,000 fine, he said.

    "From now on, all national parks will be free from alcohol forever, not only during the New Year period. We want the parks to be natural retreats," he said.

    "In the past, we used to ask tourists not to bring in alcoholic beverages, but many still smuggled them in and caused disturbance to others. So we want tourists to understand that the parks are now alcohol-free zones and violators will be punished."

    Affirming that park officials were also prohibited from drinking and selling booze, Suwit said that if there were any sale of alcohol in the parks, the park chiefs and involved persons would be punished. Tourists could also report violation of the ban via the hotline 1362 around the clock.

    The move was welcomed by anti-alcohol advocates. Offering condolences to the young victim's family, Songkran Pakchokdee, director of the Anti-Alcohol Organisations Network, praised Suwit's brave move to impose the ban despite some criticism.

    "We support the ministry's stance to protect tourists and natural resources because we must choose between safety and letting alcoholic beverages be available and causing problems, including scattered garbage and injuries to tourists or wild animals."

    He also suggested that the ministry contact the Public Health Ministry to issue a regulation according to the Alcohol Beverage Control Act 2008's Articles 27 and 31 to ban alcohol sales in national parks and impose six months' jail or/and a Bt10,000 fine on violators.

    Sittichai Sereesongsaeng, chief of Chiang Mai's Doi Phahompok National Park, commented that the alcohol ban might be applicable to parks where the private sector did not conduct business in the park area. For example, in Koh Samet park, businesses rented space legally, hence forcing them not to sell alcohol would be difficult, while it could be easily implemented at Doi Phahompok, as only four or five people currently sold booze in the area.

    Khao Yai National Park chief Manoch Gantanakngan said this was a good regulation and would not affect the number of tourists coming to Khao Yai because that number was overwhelming.

    He said national parks should be free from alcohol and cigarettes.

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    Whats the point getting hot under the collar over this. Its the simplest thing in the world to get around.

    Plus can you imagine a single park ranger or employee who is going to enforce it?

    Now a ban on GUITARS would have my vote! (if I had one)

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    Ban plastic water bottles.

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    I bet this hasn't gone down well with the monkeys. They love a drink.

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    I don't see a problem with it.
    I wouldn't want my kids seeing loud drunken farangs or Thai when I'm pushing them on the swings.
    You've only got to look at Pattaya Beach Road to see all the cheap Farangs sat on the wall drinkin cheap Chang from the 7/11
    Bet they wouldn't do that back home

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    Park booze ban: Phuket tourism players ‘shaken, not stirred’
    Stephen Fein
    Saturday, January 8, 2011


    Dive boats at Mu Ko Lanta National Park off Krabi. Many Russians have cancelled trips to the park following the ban.
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    PHUKET:
    Reactions by key figures in Phuket’s tourism industry are mixed over the recent ban on alcohol inside 110 national parks nationwide.

    However, many agree that the rule will be very difficult to enforce at marine national parks.

    Pracha Rachai, Events Manager at Andaman Aqua Trails, said the ban had already caused “a lot” of cancellations by Russian tourists, the company’s target market this year.

    The company runs tours to Mu Koh Surin Marine National Park and Koh Tat Chai, inside Mu Ko Similan Marine National Park.

    “This year we focused on the Russian market only. The culture of the Russians is that they love to drink and have a good time. The atmosphere on the island is calm and relaxing, nice for enjoying a few drinks,” he said.

    Other regulations, such as the ban on campfires and other beach activities, previously introduced, had put enough of a damper on tourists’ fun, he said.

    “Now nobody is booking the trip [to the Surin Islands] because they can’t do anything there,” he said.

    Mr Pracha was skeptical that authorities would be able to prevent tourists from smuggling alcohol into park territory.

    He also thought the ban was hastily issued, coming after the isolated death of a student at Khao Yai National Park in Surat Thani.

    Surapong Janin, a manager at the Kuraburi Greenview Resort & Travel company that runs speedboats to islands off Phang Nga, said the management at the national park restaurants had complied with the new order by ceasing alcohol sales there.

    The islands are not appropriate for drinking sessions because the generators stop at 10pm and all the lights go out, he added.

    Thus far he has not noticed anyone sneaking alcohol onto the island, he said.

    John Gray, who runs John Gray’s Sea Canoe, said, “I think it’s great. Alcohol is worse for you than heroin. I used to be in medical research. The worst things you can do are drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and eating red meat.

    “I am all for it [the ban], especially because alcohol and boats don’t mix. I’ve been running dry boats since I started in 1983 and I don’t allow people to drink or jump off the top deck,” he said.

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    National park booze ban ‘well received’ by Phuket tourists
    Atchaa Khamlo
    Saturday, January 8, 2011


    Tourists arrive at Phi Phi Island, where enforcement of the alcohol ban at national parks there is reportedly ‘well received’.
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    PHUKET:
    The directors of several national parks in the Andaman region have told the Phuket Gazette they have received good compliance with the ban on alcohol inside parks. The ban came into effect late last month.

    Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti issued the ban immediately following the December 26 stabbing murder of a student by a group of drunken schoolmates camping at Khao Yai National Park in Surat Thani.

    Nontawit Jaturabundit, chief of the Sirinat National Park in Mai Khao, said, “Some people are still bringing alcohol into the park at night. We keep asking them to not bring alcohol and to refrain from drinking anywhere in the park, but we have yet to fine or prosecute anyone.”

    “Many people were informed of the regulation during the new year period. They all seem to understand and have given us very good co-operation. The situation is under control,” he said.

    Most of those warned about drinking in the park were Thais, but a few were foreigners.

    “As the park is quite expansive, sometimes people might be drinking inside without our being aware of it,” he added.

    Two signs declaring the park an alcohol prohibition zone are now being constructed and should go up at both entrances very soon, along with a third sign to go up in the middle of the park.

    Under the law, offenders face a maximum fine of 1,000 baht or a jail sentence of not longer than one month, or both.

    Chaitat Bunphuphantanti, director of Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani, said, “We stopped selling alcohol about two years ago when the department issued a new regulation and then restricted people from bringing alcohol into the park on December 27.”

    Standard procedure is for staff to ask people trying to bring alcohol into the park to leave it with officers during their visit, he said.

    “We prefer to ask people for their co-operation rather than threatening them with punishment. It seems our public relations campaign is going well, as most people just drink Coke or water,” he said.

    “Most foreigners understand quite well. Not many of them drink whiskey, but some like to drink beer. But they don’t seem to have any problem with alcohol being unavailable inside the park and they tend not to bring their own alcohol with them like Thais do,” he said.

    Signs in Thai declaring the park alcohol-free are posted at the national park office and at Ratchaprapa Dam, he said.

    Phi Phi Islands National Park chief Niroot Puttapong admitted that beer still finds its way into the park by speedboat.

    “Most tourists visiting the national park are foreigners. We have officially informed tour business operators by letter and asked them to stop bringing in alcohol aboard boats. We seem to be getting a good response,” he said.

    “People come to visit during the day. It is not an overnight destination, so there aren’t problems with people getting drunk.

    “But we keep telling people not to bring alcohol on shore,” he said.

    Chief Niroot quipped that many visiting tourists are mao (drunk) upon arrival by speedboat, mao reua being the Thai term for seasickness.

    “The national park doesn’t have any problems at all with tourists being mao. They have to sit in a boat for a long time to get here from Phuket.

    “If they are already a bit sick when they arrive, alcohol will only make them worse,” he said.

    All of these factors made it highly unlikely that drunken mayhem of the kind that transpired at Khao Yai would ever take place at the park, he said.

    “Some tour operators provide beer with their clients’ meals to relax them, but they don’t want them getting drunk while still on the speedboat.

    “We will warn them first not to bring alcohol ashore before fining them,” he said.

    The park plans to put up signs.

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    DNP bans alcohol in Mu Ko Chang National Park
    Surapan Laotharanarit

    TRAT, 19 February 2011 (NNT) – A ban on alcohol has been issued by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) for seven national parks in the East, including Mu Ko Chang National Park.

    The DNP now prohibits visitors from bringing alcoholic beverages into a total of seven national parks located in the eastern provinces of Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. The seven alcohol-free zones comprise Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park, Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park, Khao Khitchakut National Park, Namtok Phliu National Park, Khao Sip Ha Chan National Park, Namtok Khlong Kaeo National Park and Mu Ko Chang National Park.

    As part of the government’s anti-alcohol policy, the measure is aimed to maintain the country’s natural sites tranquil and free of pollution and disturbances. Violators will be subject to imprisonment of up to one month and/or a fine of a maximum of 1,000 THB in accordance with the National Parks Act BE 2504 (1961).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangsida View Post
    Plus can you imagine a single park ranger or employee who is going to enforce it?
    Maybe "selective" enforcement"?

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    What is all this urgency to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes ? If one cannot do that in a National Park , there are many other locations for such activities .

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