TRAT, 19 February 2011 (NNT) – A ban on alcohol has been issued by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) for seven national parks in the East, including Mu Ko Chang National Park.
The DNP now prohibits visitors from bringing alcoholic beverages into a total of seven national parks located in the eastern provinces of Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. The seven alcohol-free zones comprise Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park, Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park, Khao Khitchakut National Park, Namtok Phliu National Park, Khao Sip Ha Chan National Park, Namtok Khlong Kaeo National Park and Mu Ko Chang National Park.
As part of the government’s anti-alcohol policy, the measure is aimed to maintain the country’s natural sites tranquil and free of pollution and disturbances. Violators will be subject to imprisonment of up to one month and/or a fine of a maximum of 1,000 THB in accordance with the National Parks Act BE 2504 (1961).