Tourists are being told not to spend the night in tents, mobile homes or lodgings on the banks of the Vajiralongkorn Reservoir, or on the islets in the reservoir, or face a maximum fine of 100,000 baht.
Additionally, tour operators who provide accommodation to tourists at such locations may face two-years in prison and/or a maximum fine of 200,000 baht, according to the Facebook page of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
The warning was contained in an announcement, issued by chief of Khao Laem National Park in Kanchanaburi, Abhisit Sombatmat, after it was discovered that several unscrupulous tour operators had set up tents, lodgings and camping space on islets in the reservoir or near the edge of the reservoir without permission from the authorities.
Some of these operators have even illegally claimed occupation rights, according to the announcement, adding that the ban was imposed to conserve natural resources and for the safety of tourists.
Tourists can, however, spend the night at lodgings on rafts which are properly registered, said the announcement.