Scenic coffee shop faces demolition for encroaching on protected forest

A scenic coffee shop located on the bank of a creek with a waterfall nearby is facing demolition after it was found out that the premise has encroached on the Mae Rim Forest Reserve in Chiang Mai.

A video clip of the coffee shop, named Jungle de Cafe, has been posted in YouTube to woo customers. It has also attracted the attention of the Royal Forest Department (RFD) which immediately ordered a probe.

Field inspection of the site by RFD officials has discovered that the operator of the coffee shop was the same person who operated a zipline adventure tourism services known commercially as Pongyang Jungle Coaster and Zipline in Tambon Pongyang, Mae Rim district.

The zipline operations have already been closed for operating in watershed area of Mae Rim Forest Reserve, but its structures are yet to be dismantled.

Meanwhile, Aranya Tarin, owner of Mon Jam Pob Sanook Company, the operator of Jungle De Cafe, said she had already demolished a suspension bridge and a wooden pavilion near the waterfall as ordered by forestry officials.

She said the structures were temporary ones and the company was ready to compile with the authorities’ instructions if they were found to encroach on the forest reserve.

It was reported that the RFD would file an additional charge of forest encroachment against the operator of the coffee shop on top of a previous charge for illegally operating the zipline operations.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)


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