Three tourists were fined 1,500 baht each after they were found to have sat on undersea coral reefs at a Laem Maeyai dive spot in Mu Ko Surin marine national park, Phangnga province, for a photo shoot.
One of the tourists, a travel blogger, posted the photos of her sitting on coral reefs on her Facebook fan page Vacation on sea which has attracted many criticism, prompting the officials of the marine national park to start a manhunt for the tourists.
The park chief, Mr Putthipote Khuprasit, said his officials managed to track down the three tourists, one of them is a travel blogger, on Ko Surin on Thursday (Feb 8).
All were invited to his office and informed that their act was a violation of the national parks law. They apologized and agreed to pay the fine, amounting to 1,500 baht each.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)