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A signature karst rises off the coast of Krabi's beautiful Poda Island

Krabi Island Resort Will Be Demolished, Restored as Parkland

Monday, July 15, 2013
PHUKET: The battle for one of the most scenic islands off the coast of Krabi appears to be drawing to a close after 28 years, with a victory for government authorities.

Since 1985, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has disputed ownership of 71 rai Poda Island through the courts.

With a Supreme Court ruling in December 2011 that the island must be returned, the final countdown is on in the drawn-out battle.

Chon Bhinkhaolon, a former local Krabi politician and consultant, claimed ownership of the island and erected luxury villas and restaurants there.

The Poda property package is said to be worth one billion baht and to attract about 1000 tourists most days, making it a desirable island to own.

However, Thai media reports, notices have been posted by the Director of the nearby Noppharat Thara National Park, Chaidhat Boonbhuphantapti, giving the present occupants until July 18 to vacate the premises.

Once the deadline passes, National Park authorities will have until August 31 to demolish the construction on the island and restore it to parkland.

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This is a very good new but it tooks 28 years to clear the mess in court and hotels and resorts in Sirinath National Park may enjoy many years before losing the battle in court;
Thailand must reform its justice in order to go faster to prosecute and give a final sentence in court.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on July 15, 2013 16:26

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It`s never happened ?

Posted by Norway on July 15, 2013 17:47

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And the people can keep the revenues from all this years? Don't have to pay this revenues as a fine? So they are still in plus!
And I think, the resort isn't in best condition, anymore. For quiet a while, can be expected.
Smells a bit like a deal. This will not stop people from trying. No big risks, no loss of money, no in-time to expect.

Posted by Anonymous on July 15, 2013 20:45

Editor Comment:

Yes, take 28 years for the case to be resolved, and be fined nothing.

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A quick look on Tripadvisor might explain why. Shocking! Was once a beautiful island.

Posted by Mac on July 15, 2013 23:04

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If and when it is restored as parkland let's hope the inevitable invasion of longtails and speedboats is also well regulated with adequate facilities etc.
Aesthetic partial restoration of the resort as at the original owners cost and in keeping with the environment for the tourist use would be nice.
Puts me in mind of the sad tacky state of the Japanese resort on Green Island GBR Queensland.

Posted by david on July 16, 2013 06:36


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