via The Nation, 20 June 2019: The Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya, which provides elephant rides to tourists in the World Heritage site, was given a 30-day eviction order from the Fine Arts Department. The lease to the land expired in January and the department says that the land is needed for landscape improvement. The kraal management has since indicated its intention to fight the eviction order.
The Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal, which presents pachyderm tour activities, has been told to vacate its location inside the historical park within 30 days.“Humans and elephants alike will be adversely affected,” Laithongrien Meephan, operator of the elephant palace, said on Thursday. Mahouts and people working in related businesses such as tour guides and tuk-tuk drivers, will suffer if the elephant palace shuts down.