A tour operator was fined by the Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park in Krabi province for allowing its tourists to step on coral reefs in the Viking bay, Phi Phi islands.
Mr Worapot Lomsil, chief of the national park, said he decided to invoke Section 25 of the National Park Act B.E. 2504 to impose a fine on owner of the Phi Phi Seaborne tour boat for allowing about 20 tourists that he took them to the Viking Bay for snorkeling on March 17.
The tourists were seen stepping on the shallow-water coral reefs with some of them sitting on the reefs by a diver who videotaped the incident and who also approached the group not to step on the coral reefs.
However, someone in the group challenged him to inform the authorities. So he decided to take pictures of the tour boat and, eventually, posted the footage in his Facebook page.