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Thailand: Marine National Parks increase entrance fees

By TR Weekly — last modified Oct 10, 2014 10:20 AM
BANGKOK, 10 October 2014: Visits to Ko Surin and Similan marine national parks will be more expensive for international tourists, following a decision by Thailand’s national parks to raise the entrance fee to THB500 per day from the current THB400 fee. As reported by TR Weekly.

Published: 2014-10-09 23:00:00
Countries: Thailand

Thailand: Marine National Parks increase entrance fees

Beautiful Phang Nga Bay: © SV Totem

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The two national parks, both popular dive destinations for visitors to Phuket, are just two of 31 parks under Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation that will increase entrance fees effective 1 February next year.

Three national parks raise the entrance fee for foreigners to THB500, while the others range from THB200 to THB300 representing increases of THB100 to 200 for adults.

No explanation was given why certain parks will be more expensive to visit, although in the past the parks department claimed price was being used to control visits to maintain a manageable carrying capacity.

Critics would argue it was simply a financial decision. Parks popular with tourists can generate higher revenue.

Nine national parks will increase the entrance fee from THB100 to THB 200 for foreign adults and fromTHB50 to THB100 for children at nine national parks.

Thais will continue to pay the same entrance fee of THB10 (children) and THB20 (adults).

The nine parks are: Thap Lan National Park in Prachin Buri; Ta Phraya National Park in Sakaew; Khao Lak–Lam Ru National Park in Phang Nga; Mu Ko Phetra National Park in Satun; Kaeng Tana National Park in Ubon Ratchathani; Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park in Yasothorn; Phu Pha Thoep National Park in Mukdahan; Phu Phan National Park in Sakon Nakhon; and Phu Lanka National Park in Nakhon Phanom.

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