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In Koh Phi Phi local patrols on the lookout for safety violations on boats and violations of the reef protection guidelines were shocked to discover tour boats parked in the waters of the National Park where snorkelers swim without paying the proper entry fees.
Authorities in the area said that around 10,000 visitors can be found in the national park by the Noparat beach / Phi Phi area of Krabi on any given day. Most of these are groups of Chinese people with a splattering of Europeans. Patrols reported many unscrupulous operators either pocketing the money their customers had handed over for entry fees, some only landing a percentage of their tourist on the beaches and some simply rocked up, parked and completely omitted paying any fees at all.
On the day in question fees were collected and warnings were given to those attempting to use the park without paying the appropriate fees. Patrols in the area will continue to monitor the situation.