There have been many news articles about resorts encroaching on public land, particularly national parks.
The list includes the Flight of the Gibbon, which has been at its location for many years, and has apparently worked hard to implement reforestation. It's puzzling.
My own take on this is that they (the existing and new governmental structures tasked with land encroachment) have no choice but to implement the law with equality. It has been Thailand's general willingness to bend rules and find a "middle path" that has resulted in a) many persons taking advantage of the state and indeed b) some so-called servants of the state assisting in this if not just turning blind eye.
The only way for the anti-encroachment bodies to move forward now without falling back into the "ways of the past" is to apply the law as it should have been since the beginning of its coming to be - without exception and without mercy. It may seem a bitter pill at times but IMHO its one Thailand must take to make everyone equal under the law.
Theres very good coverage in the nation on this general issue - today ...........
"LAW REFORM, PUBLIC PARTICIPATION REQUIRED TO ENSURE PRESERVATION OF FOREST LANDS, SAYS FORESTRY CHIEF
CHONLATID Suraswadi isn’t surprised when he encounters the same old tricks commonly used by big-time encroachers trying to grab forest lands that are under his charge. But now he has a new headache, as these deceitful figures are now using an unprecedented type of land-rental contract to cover up their illegal actions.
“With this new trick, their illegal actions could fall into a ‘grey’ area,” said Chonlatid, the Royal Forestry Department (RFD) chief, referring to a new legal complication that has emerged................................."