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National Park entry fees still charging foreigners five times more

National Park entry fees still charging foreigners five times more

PHUKET: The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) began enforcing its new schedule of fees yesterday (June 7), which continues the DNP practice of charging foreigners five times more than Thais for entering a national park.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 8 June 2022, 01:34PM

Image: DNP

Image: DNP

The fees were approved by DNP Director General Thanya Netithammakul on Nov 18, last year, and became law with the promulgation of the “Regulations of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on the collection and exemption of service or compensation and service fees or compensation in service and to provide facilities in national parks, forest parks, botanical gardens and Arboretum 2021” on Dec 9, last year.

However, the schedule of fees did not come into effect until yesterday (June 7).

Under the new schedule of fees, listed under Group 4 of the schedule, entry to the Similan Islands and Surin Islands national parks costs Thai nationals B50 per child and B100 per adult. Foreigners are charged B250 per child and B500 per adult.

Group 2 of the schedule lists entry to Khao Sok National Park north of Phuket, the tourist-popular Nopparat Thara Beach - Phi Phi Islands National Park in Krabi, and Sirinath National Park on Phuket’s west coast as costing B20 per child and B40 per adult for Thai nationals. Foreigners are charged B100 per child and B200 per adult.

To download the full schedule of fees (in Thai), click here.

Internal - Phuket News TV

The new schedule of fees comes into effect while the country continues to struggle to attract tourists to help the economy recover, especially in economically hard-hit areas that are dependent on tourists, such as Phuket.

The new fees also came into effect on the same day that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was in Phuket to announce his new ‘SMILES’ strategy for helping the battered tourism industry to recover.

The Phuket News maintains that the dual-pricing policy practiced by the DNP, and long supported by the Royal Thai Government, is illegal as it breaches Section 27 of the Constitution of Thailand for “Unjust discrimination against a person on the grounds of differences in origin”.


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Kurt | 29 June 2022 - 01:21:01

DKK again in the bend, even fantasizing, challenging about 'climbs'. I have been at Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls, large falls in Europe. That I consider being Falls. Not what they call Thai Falls I have seen in the past. A enormous shame that DNP violate section 27 of the Constitution.

DeKaaskopp | 28 June 2022 - 19:02:58

..challenging. Btw,how many waterfalls are worth visiting in your country ? Hehehe.

DeKaaskopp | 28 June 2022 - 19:01:55

@Kurt   "Thai parks are only disappointing"  "Calling surface water drainages Waterfalls"   Oh dear Kurt ! How many National Parks in Thailand have  you actually seen ? And there a more than just a few wonderful waterfalls in Thailand. If you didn't see them,doesn't mean there are none. Anyway to visit some of them now may be a bit late for you,as the climb can be quite...

Kurt | 28 June 2022 - 13:08:01

When one has been traveling world wide and visited real National Parks than the Thai Parks are only disappointing. Runned down environmental, dirty. Calling surface water drainages 'Waterfalls'. Wel, they never seen real waterfalls. Don't understand the foreigners not come for the thai 'versions'. And charging discriminal rates? They really have thick skin.

Malthebluff | 28 June 2022 - 00:13:38

It's a form of racism and I for one will not be visiting any place that charges more for foreigners. So they will be losing my money

Steve wooly | 09 June 2022 - 15:22:35

Well they are missing out on much needed revenue because me and my expat friends will never visit these places, and when our friends visit we won't take them there, so it's their choice, they can make some money or no money. Luckily some places i visit let me in for the Thai price when I show them my Thai driving licence 

CaptainJack69 | 09 June 2022 - 12:01:30

I don't know what country these guys are talking about but I've been to dozens of national parks in Thailand over the years and it's always been 10 times the price for people who don't look Asian. Are we to conclude that individual park authorities are further gauging the visitors on top of what their bosses in Bangkok decree? That their bosses don't know? Welcome to Thailand.

maverick | 09 June 2022 - 11:24:26

Tourists will continue to pay and enjoy their holidays, the parks can probably manage without the custom of the serial whingers who read PN has it occurred to anyone that local Thais don’t earn enough to allow them to enjoy their own country cannot compare with the west where there is less inequality could they do more for foreign ‘residents’ perhaps but small numbers for all the trouble 

JohnC | 09 June 2022 - 08:56:54

Purely on principle the fact that Thailand chooses to charge foreigners higher rates is more than enough to make many people look for other holiday destinations. This on top of all the other chaos and corruption puts the LOS very low down on the preferred destination radar. Sadly they never listen or learn!

BigaAResort | 09 June 2022 - 08:29:56

the people who give this orders don't care,its the national park who suffers!,so DON"T go there,please.the land will survive,the Ranger can go back to there families and plant rice

Kurt | 09 June 2022 - 08:23:14

From the moment the foreign ATM arrives, a sweet welcome smile is the best and the last good thing he experience. And than the hustle/cheating starts. Taxi-, minivan-, tuk tuk fares, tourist double priced menu's, 'special' prices at markets, pay 10 times more than a Thai for entering a National park. Most of them poorly maintained, compared with National Parks in other countries.

Capricornball | 08 June 2022 - 17:34:06

Also, It is not the $15 USD price...it is the principle, and many tourists will not only choose to steer clear of National Parks, they will relay the message to other people in their home countries, which will turn many people away from choosing Thailand as a destination, on principle alone. End result, Thailand loses...again.

Capricornball | 08 June 2022 - 17:30:14

Thank you PN for adding the last paragraph.  And what a great way to kick start tourism...charge foreigners 5 times the rate.  I guess this country will forever remain in the hands of untrained and unprofessional morons that have absolutely no vision, and think they understand foreigners...but they do not. They have no clue, and will never budge.

Fascinated | 08 June 2022 - 14:18:35

No worres- just makes me 5 times less likely to visit the parks.


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