National Park officials mail back ‘souvenirs’ to Thai tourists (trash)

Photos courtesy of @TOP Varawut - ท็อป วราวุธ ศิลปอาชา/Facebook

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Thai officials have taken their policies against widespread littering in public spaces to a whole new level.

Thai National Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa recently asked his team to mail back trash left behind by tourists camping in a National Park.

Photo courtesy of @TOP Varawut – ท็อป วราวุธ ศิลปอาชา/Facebook

Silpa-archa wrote an angry Facebook post on Sep. 15 admonishing those who left behind plastic bottles and food waste at the campsite, as it will greatly threaten and endanger the wildlife at Khao Yai National Park. 

According to Thai-language media, Silpa-archa said as the trash left behind could kill wild animals in search of food.

Photo courtesy of @TOP Varawut – ท็อป วราวุธ ศิลปอาชา/Facebook

Local officials have, therefore, collected all the waste in a box and will be sending the “souvenirs” back to the campers’ homes by using the perpetrators’ addresses recorded in the reservation system.

Photo courtesy of @TOP Varawut – ท็อป วราวุธ ศิลปอาชา/Facebook

The action is meant to teach tourists a lesson to not litter again.

In addition, Silpa-archa revealed that police reports have also been filed as the campers have violated the National Park Act. 

Police reports have also been filed, according to Silpa-archa. (Photo courtesy of @TOP Varawut – ท็อป วราวุธ ศิลปอาชา/Facebook)

To ensure that the environment remains clean, Silpa-archa reminds visitors that legal action will be taken against offenders who leave behind unwanted items after their trip.

Silpa-archa added with a smile that only “footprints” are acceptable.