People near Srinagarind Dam warned after tiger caught on CCTV

People living in communities near the Srinagarind Dam, in Si Sawat district of Kanchanaburi province, have been advised not to forage in the forest or allow their children to play near the dam after a tiger was recorded by CCTV walking on the top of the dam early on Sunday morning.


The tiger, identified as “SLT022” by its stripes, is confirmed to have come from the Salak Phra forest, according to Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary chief, Paitoon Indharabut.


SLT022 was spotted at about 2am walking along the crest of the dam, said Paitoon, as he explained that the big cat might have used the same route previously, but had not been captured by the CCTV system before.


He said the tiger might be one of the two reported to have been sighted by villagers in the woods behind Mahidol University. Camera traps have been installed in the woods, but they have failed to capture any images of either of the big cats, he added.


The mayor of Erawan Tambon Administrative Organisation (TAO) said that a tiger has never been spotted near human habitations in the area before and advised people against entering the forest, because it is not known whether the animal is still around.


He also said that night guards should be deployed in communities as a precaution.


Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Tourists advised not to camp at Vajiralongkorn Reservoir

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.


Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Thai PM tours Bangkok’s Chinatown on Chinese New Year Day

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha led key members of the United Thai Nation Party (Ruam Thai Sang Chart) on a tour of Chinatown, to visit Thais of Chinese descent and to pay respects to their deities at Wat Mangkon Kamalawat on Chinese New Year.


The prime minister told the media that he wanted to visit the Mangkon Kamalawat Temple to pay his respects to the deities and to see, with his own eyes, that businesses in Chinatown are picking up, after having received reports that the Thai economy is steadily recovering, with increased foreign arrivals and hotel occupancy rates, as well as increasing consumer purchasing power.


He was seen talking with some foreign tourists, asking where they came from.


He wished the Thai people happiness, good health and prosperity for the Chinese New Year.


During the Chinatown tour, some cheered him on, but some detractors among the crowd called on him to quit now.


The prime minister, his followers from the United Thai Nation Party, including Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, Akanat Promphan, Dr. Trairong Suwankiri and former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang spent about an hour in Chinatown after arriving at 6pm.


On Saturday, Pheu Thai Party members, led by Paetongtarn Shinawatra, head of the “Pheu Thai Family” and real estate tycoon Srettha Thavisin toured Chinatown to woo Thai-Chinese residents


Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service