61 Thai national parks to remain closed for five months

Published on : Thursday, May 18, 2017

61 Thai national parksAccording to a recent statement, Thailand will not let tourists access many of its 61 national parks for a period of least five months.

This is indeed unfavourable for Thai Tourism. During the annual monsoon period, the largest numbers of tourists head for Thailand’s beaches. Under these circumstances, if 61 out of the country’s 154 national parks are closed, it will be indeed an adverse situation for the country’s tourism. This closure applies to some very well-known sites around Phuket, such as the Koh Phi Phi islands. Maya Bay, which is famous for the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach,” will remain open this year despite damage to the reefs.

The Koh Ha islets to the west of Koh Lanta Island will be inaccessible to tourists until October 15. In the Andaman Sea, the remote Similan Islands that tourists generally reach from Khao Lak, will also be out of bounds.

Numerous locations that are popular with divers will remain closed. This drastic decision, which has been taken for the fourth consecutive year, is to give marine wildlife time to recuperate from the effects of mass tourism. Between May and October, nine million tourists visit Thailand’s national parks. The wet season is the ideal time for marine wildlife to regenerate.


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