Thailand’s National Parks Face Surge Of Tourists

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation already conducted talks with some business operators to look for ways in dealing with overcrowding of tourists in tourist-high places especially as the high season is approaching.

Thanya Neithammakun, the director-general, said that the accommodations at well-known national parks is nearly fully booked on long holidays during the months of December and January.

Famous National Parks to take note of

The popular places on the list include Doi Suthep-Pui, Doi Inthanon, Doi Pha Hom Pok and Huai Nam Dang national parks located in Chiang Mai; Surin and Similan national parks located in Phangnga; Phu Kradueng and Phu Rhua national parks located in Loei; Khao Yai national park located in Nakhon Ratchasima; Khuean Srinagarindra and Erawan national parks located in Kanchanaburi; Thung Salaeng Luang and Phu Hin Rong Kla national parks located in Phitsanulok; and Nam Tok Phrew park located in Chanthaburi.

According to Mr. Thanya, the meetings were targeted in looking for better ways to manage with overcrowding of people in several tourist attractions while guaranteeing a constant flow of tourists.

Improvements to the parks on the way

The DNP is gathering data to determine each national park’s tourist-handling capacity. An order has been made to improve the conditions of the toilets in all the parks, he said.

Advance booking systems and e-tickets for park entrances is being developed by the DNP. This system will likely be put in place sometime early next year, he said.

Work is also under way to make its website (nps.dnp.go.th) available again, which the public uses to book accommodations in national parks. The site is currently unavailable because of an increased traffic volume.

The Meteorological Department has predicted that the lower North-East will be colder compared to the past couple of years from November to February, and the improvements came after that.

Good news for tourism

Influx in the natural park visits is something that means a great deal for all business, hotel and resort operators, whether that be a Chanthaburi resort or a Chiang Mai budget hotel. This is an indication that Thailand is fast becoming a major tourist destination especially during the busy holiday season.