Police closed a luxury resort hotel in the famous Sapan-Bo Klue area for encroaching on forest reserves in Nan province after its owner had resisted a previous closure order and continued to promote the hotel with an actress and important persons.
Pol Maj Gen Piyapan Patarapongsit, chief of Nan police, and subordinates reached the resort hotel in Bo Klue district after its owner had defied a closure and seizure order issued on the property on Oct 31. Officials found that the operator built 12 bungalows on an area of about 3 rai in Doi Phu Kha and Pha Daeng forest reserves.
Despite the order, the operator through social media invited tourists to stay there at the rates of 3,000-10,000 baht per night. The operator also had a famous actress stay at the hotel and claimed that well-known people in various fields were its shareholders to promote the place.
The operator and its staff resisted the search and denied all charges. Police took about two hours in the search, arrested four suspects and seized 11 items for examination. (TNA)