The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
will postpone its scheduled doubling of entry
fees at all national parks, scheduled to take
effect from September 15, by more than a year,
Phuket Tourist Association (PTA) Deputy Chairman
Sarayuth Mallam revealed.
by telephone from Bangkok, K. Sarayuth explained
that Natural Resources and Environment Minister
Yongyuth Tiyapairat has agreed to postpone the
fee hike, from 200 baht to 400 baht for foreigners,
but added that it will now come into effect November
30 next year (2007).
full article at The Phuket Gazette Online,
15th November 2006.
on Postponement of Entrance Fees
read elsewhere that this postponement was only
for tour companies that would suffer from loss
of business due to the increase. This extract
from an article on EnviroSEA.com
implies that the postponement may not apply to
visitors making their own way to the parks.
response to the tourism operators petition,
the Department of Parks, Wildlife and Plants
Conservation has now issued a new relaxed announcement,
signed by its Director General Damrong Pidet,
on August 23rd 2006. It stated that to ease
the operators’ burdens, the department
will postpone the new admission regulation and
continue to apply the existing rules until November
30th 2007. It asks the tourism operators to
submit their requests, if they want to stay
under the old fee rules, to the national park
division by September 30th."
e-mail me if you have recently entered a national
park to tell me how much you paid. Thanks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Upton, 15th November 2006.
Fees haven't yet risen
at Doi Chiang Dao
A small piece of good news on the subject of entrance
fees is that the staff at Doi Chiang Dao are still
charging "only" 200 baht for the permit
to access Den Ya Kat near the top of the mountain.
This permit is valid for as many days as one asks
for on application, eliminating any ambiguity
on whether one must pay every time one enters
Upton, 13th November 2006.
Park Entrance Fees Raised Again
National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation
Department has announced new entrance fees to
National Parks throughout Thailand to take effect
from 15 September 2006. Fees are reported to be
rising to 40 baht for adults and 20 baht for children,
but the price hikes for foreigners are much higher
- 400 baht and 200 baht respectively. The price
for scuba diving is 200 baht per day.
this equates to a doubling of prices for all,
with the National Parks Department citing rising
maintenance costs, security and the need for improved
public facilities. It is difficult, however, to
be anything other than cynical about where the
extra revenue will go, with habitat destruction,
the construction of unrequired offices and accommodation,
road building and corruption far more likely to
be the result of this financial boost.
who have work permits or Thai driving licenses
are able to enter National Parks for the same
rate as Thais, although in some places this can
only be acheived by extensive negotiations in
Thai. This will be neccessary for those foreigners
working in Thailand on low incomes.
Upton, 24th August 2006.