Lost in a National Park !?!

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2 years 1 month ago #3991 by Robby L
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Seems they did not have park staff with them :

A team of 23 tourists went astray as they hiked through the mountainous area in Khao Yai national park since October 7 was rescued and returned safely today.

Khao Yai national park officials said all the tourists were picked up by officials and rescue team this morning.

They went lost after setting off from the Saraburi side of the national park to the Nakhon Nayok side on a three day hike.

They said they went lost after there was heavy rain forcing them to change the trekking route.

They set off on October 7 from Klong Madua waterfall in tambon Sarika, and scheduled to arrive at Haew Krathin waterfall on October 9.

The team, all from Bangkok, was located about 1 am today in the Klong Madua area of tambon Sarika in Muang district by a team of park officials, soldiers and volunteers.

All of them were exhausted and some sustained minor injuries, rescuers reported.

Park officials said the team did not report them on the jungle trekking, and they might face charge of entering the park area with no permission, and for not abiding the park’s regulations

englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/lost-jungle-hi...ing-astray-khao-yai/

RIP 2018 - Robby will always be remembered for his sharing of his trips and knowledge. Missed by all.

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2 years 1 month ago #3992 by Paul T
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Holy cow - a 2/3 day trek with no rangers and no permission in the toughest season. As Rushen said - this could mean more rules and controls for all of us.

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2 years 1 month ago #3996 by onflipflops
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Am surprised such a large group took the risk of going on a trek in an area they apparently did not know well enough. But I think 'we' are lucky this time that the group that got lost were Thai nationals. It seems like if it happens to be foreign nationals that there is more media attention/ pressure meaning the park authorities feel like they need to do something. While in my opinion they should just say that the people entered on their own risk.
This case happened far from the actual visitor area, so I doubt it will change much for the average visitor.

It surprises me how protective the park authorities tend to be. To my knowledge Thailand is not a country where people easily sue a government body, a business, or even just another person. It's not the US where a coffee shop has to put a sticker on the coffee mug warning the customer that the coffee might be hot which could cause injuries if spilled on a body part. Total waste of money. And totally ridiculous.
Still, for some reason the park authorities are so scared in these parks that something will happen to a visitor.
In my opinion they should just put a big sign at the gate clerly informing the park is home to dangerous wildlife, and entering the forest adds the risk of getting lost. Also on the roads wildlife or falling trees could form a danger, so by entering this park you admit to do so at your own risk. The park authorities are not responsible for anything that might happen to you or your vehicle.
But I guess they do not want to scare the visitors :S

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1 year 11 months ago #4093 by Paul T
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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #5073 by INFO
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The Bangkok post is reporting another group lost in a forest/jungle in Chiang Mai.

11 Amercan exchange students. Safely out now.

www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1531010...jungle-in-chiang-mai


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