Island resorts face threat of seizure

The Andaman Sea island lies just off the coast and consists mostly of protected national forests. (Bangkok Post file photo by Pongpet Mekloy)

Authorities surveyed 17 resorts on Koh Phayam in Ranong on Wednesday to find out whether they have encroached on protected forest land.

The inspection was carried out by 35 forestry, army and police officers on one of the most popular resort islands of Ranong in tambon Koh Phayam of Muang district. Officials suspect the resorts may have encroached on forest reserves or some parts of the protected mangrove forest.

Officials used GPS devices and measuring tapes to examine the areas the resorts occupy to determine whether they were built on protected forest.

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