Tree-cutting photos anger members

Thai netizens posting on the popular website are angry after photos emerged of a group of about five foreigners cutting off a large branch of a tree on Phangan island.

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One of the tree-branch cutting photos that has particularly angered members. Many photos (with faces not blurred) have been posted on that site.

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Tree-cutting photos anger members

Thai netizens posting on the popular website are angry after photos emerged of a group of about five foreigners cutting off a large branch of a tree on Phangan island.

The tree branch was apparently an obstacle at a site used for their paragliding business.

The big branch was apparently an obstacle to paragliding.

Photographs of the foreigners cutting off the tree branch on the popular tourist island in Surat Thani were posted on Sept 15 on by a person who went by the name of vuddiken.

The topic of the discussion thread is "A group of inherently bad foreigners on Phangan island in pursuit of their self-interested business surreptitiously chopping down a tree to open a paragliding business."

Vuddiken did not specify when the incident happened.

One netizen said the group of foreigners should not have cut off the tree branch and asked if the tree was in a private or public area or if it was in a national park.

The job completed.

Many posters called on authorities, including National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department director-general Damrong Pidech, to track down these people and take legal action against them.

Thirayuth Plaisuwan, chief of tambon Bantai in Phangan, said he had been informed about the incident and will check whether the area was in a national park.

If the tree is public property, police will definitely find those responsible for the damage and take action against them, Mr Thirayuth said.

Adapted from a story on

blur – to make something less clear, so that it becomes difficult to distinguish clearly ทำให้ไม่ชัดเจน, เบอร์
post – to send information, in this case, to a website
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
netizen – a person who uses the Internet a lot พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์
emerge – to appear, to become know or to become recognised  โผล่ออกมา, เป็นที่ประจักษ์ต่อ
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
obstacle – a difficulty or problem that prevents you from achieving something; a hurdle อุปสรรค ขวากหนาม
site – a place where something is located  สถานที่
paragliding – a sport in which you wear a special structure like a parachute (ร่มชูชีพ), jump from a plane or a high place and are carried along by the wind before coming down to earth
thread – a series of connected messages on a message board on the Internet which have been sent by different people เรื่องต่อเนื่อง (อินเทอร์เน็ต)
inherently – as a basic or permanent part of somebody/something and that cannot be removed อย่างโดยะรรมชาติ,อย่างโดยเนื้อแท้,
in the pursuit of – in trying to achieve การพยายามให้ถึงความต้องการ
surreptitiously – done secretly or quickly, in the hope that other people will not notice แอบ ๆ ซ่อน ๆ
specify – to explain something in an exact and detailed way ระบุ  ชี้แจงรายละเอียด
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
private – owned by a particular person or group ของเอกชน
public – provided or owned, especially by the government, for the use of people in general  ที่เกี่ยวข้องกับส่วนรวม, ที่เป็นของสาธารณะ
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
wildlife – animals, birds, insects, etc. that are wild and live in a natural environment สัตว์ป่า
conservation – the protection of plants and animals, natural areas, and interesting and important structures and buildings, especially from the damaging effects of human activity การอนุรักษ์ธรรมชาติ, การป้องกันความสูญเสีย, การสงวนไว้
track down – to try to follow and find someone or something ตามรอย
legal – relating to the law เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
property – land owned by someone ที่ดิน, อสังหาริมทรัพย์
responsible – deserving to be blamed for something that has happened มีความรับผิดชอบ

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