Resort on Krabi paradise island to be razed

20 Jul 2013

Krabi national parks authorities have given the owners of an illegal island resort their marching orders. Bailiffs acting for director Chaidhat Boonbhuphantapti served a final eviction order on the Poda Island Resort earlier this month.

The notice gave the proprietors until July 18 to vacate the property and stated that the resort would then be razed and restored to its natural state. The eviction notice followed a High Court decision 18 months ago which ruled that the resort was on illegally occupied national park land.

The eviction and demolition of the resort is the result of a fight that Thai government authorities have been carrying out for almost three decades. Chon Bhinkhaolon claimed that he owned land on Koh Poda in 1985.

The former councillor then authorised the construction of 35 bungalows and several eateries on the disputed land. Over the ensuing years, Poda Island Resort evolved into a firm favourite with international holidaymakers.

The well-appointed bungalows are set in a pristine natural setting. Due to the fact the resort is the only accommodation option in the Moo Koh Poda archipelago, there are rarely many other tourists around and it is a tranquil spot allowing guests to relax and forget the stress of their daily lives.

Although it seems like the battle to reclaim Koh Poda has been won there are still plenty of other resorts in the locality which offer similar environments and have not been built on illegally occupied land. Our 1Stop Krabi partner offers information and an advanced reservations service for the majority of the accommodation options here. 

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