Thai people are very proud that they have never been colonized. So, whenever a white foreigner comes in and starts taking over the place they can get a bit agitated. Sometimes for a good reason. In this case, a group of about five unknown foreigners are being criticized for cutting down a large branch of a tree on Koh Phangan. From the series of pictures, it would seem that they were clearing an area for a paragliding business. What isn’t known is whether this is private land or it belongs to a national park. Nor is it known if its a Thai run paragliding business or a foreign one. Nevertheless, the group of foreigners have come under a lot of criticism on popular Thai forum Pantip.com (see here). According to a report in the Bangkok Post, many of them are demanding for authorities to track down these foreigners and arrest them. Personally, I think this is a bit like the kettle calling the pot black. Many locals on Koh Phangan and other islands are not exactly well-known for being environmentally friendly. But, if these foreigners are indeed illegally chopping down trees in a national park then I am all for them to be prosecuted. Let’s just wait to find out the full story first.
Source: Bangkok Post