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Here is an announcement from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants, dated 22 November 2007, detailing a new pricing schedule for entrance fees to national parks.   Original Thai documents | Park Regions

Entrance fees:
New Fees as of 02/12/2007
Summary:

The pricing scale has been determined according to the estimated tourism potential, natural beauty, impact sensitivity, availability of public amenities and state of infrastructure for each individual national park.

The parks are now classified as belong into 1 of 4 entrance fee groups.

Group 1 charges 400 baht for foreign adults, 200 baht for foreign children, 80 baht for Thai adults and 40 baht for Thai children.

Group 2 charges 200 baht for foreign adults, 100 baht for foreign children, 40 baht for Thai adults, and 20 baht for Thai children.

Group 3 charges 100 baht for foreign adults, 50 baht for foreign children, 20 baht for Thai adults, 10 baht for Thai children.

Group 4 is everywhere else than those places belonging to 1, 2 and 3, and is completely free for everyone.

Once the entrance fee to a national park has been paid, it is valid for one day. If a person visits more than one national park on one and the same day, they will not be charged twice, provided they can show the ticket from the previous place of visit.

However, if the fee for the second place visited is higher than the first, the difference between the higher and the lower fee has to be paid at the second location.

 (I.e. if one visits a park which is 200 baht, and later that day goes to a park which is 400 baht, one will have to pay an additional 200 baht at the second location. If the fee at the second location is 200 baht or lower, no additional fee will be required.)

(As far as I have been able to make out, this document does not explain the situation for tourists who go to Koh Chang and stay, whether they will be required to pay each day, or just once for the entire trip.)

The announcement makes only one distinction: 'chaaw thai' (Thais) and  'chaaw dtaang bpratheed' (foreigners).

There is no discussion of foreigners who are long term residents, exchange students, holders of Thai work permits or hold Permanent Residency in Thailand.
QUOTE PAGE 1

Announcement

Government authority: National park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department; Office of National Parks,
Tel: 0 2561 0777 – 719

Issued at: Thaw Saw 0910.306/ 17805 Date: 22 November, 2007

Subject: Establishment of service rates for individuals entering national park territory

To: All Deputy Generals of the National park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department
All policy and planning experts
All Office Directors
All Division Directors
All heads of protected areas regional offices 1-16
Head of the Internal Auditor Unit
Head of the Administration System Development Unit
The Inspector-General

The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department are hereby enclosing a copy of the Announcement of 22 November 2007 concerning the Establishment of service fees for individuals entering national parks for your information, and in order to communicate it to the public.

Mr. Chaloemsak Wanichsombat
President of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department


 

Click here for a list of National Parks locations and prices according to its group.

 

Notes:

1. Persons below 3 years old are exempt from fees.

2. 'Children' refer to persons aged 3-14 years old.

3. Thai primary, Elementary, Secondary school and University students in uniform or carrying valid proof of study will be charged at the same rate as children.

4. Service charge for individuals applies to tourists who spend a maximum of 5 days in each national park.

5. Monks and novices are exempt from all charges.

6. Elderly Thais aged over 60 are exempt from charges.

7. Tourists who spend the entrance fee at one national park may use their ticket to enter other national park locations with the same or lower rate on the same day.

8. If tourists need to enter other national park locations with a higher entrance fee on the same day, they are required to pay the difference between the higher and the lower fee.
QUOTE PAGE 2.

Announcement from the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department
Subject: Establishment of service fees for individuals entering national parks
…………………………..

The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department has prepared a list of national parks ranked by order of importance in terms of tourism and recreation.
Various indicators for tourist attractions have been used, including the following: number of tourist attractions, natural beauty and characteristics of tourist attractions, sensitivity/risk of impact; variables measuring the preparedness for tourism, including basic public amenities/infrastructure and sanitation; the involvement of the local community in tourism services, and experiences of tourists, in order to establish new entrance fees for national parks which reflect their tourism and recreation potential.

Exercising the authority granted by the governing statutes for the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, concerning the permission to enter to engage in tourism activities and stay in national parks of 2004,
section 1, point 6, the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department makes the following announcement:

1. The national park entrance fees for Thai nationals and foreign nationals are hereby established, according to the fees set out according to group 1, 2, 3, and 4 attached to this document.

2. Any fees which are in conflict with this statement shall be discarded in favour of the fees set out in this document.

3. Individuals who have paid a fee according to the aforementioned regulations or according to this document, and who will enter a national park for tourism purposes on the same day, are to act as follows:

3.1 If the fee already paid is higher or the same as that of entering into the subsequent national park, no fee will be collected at the subsequent location

3.2 If the fee already paid is lower, the tourist is required to pay only the difference between the lower fee for the previous location and the higher fee for the subsequent location.

This document is valid as of 1 December, 2007.

Announced on the 22 of November, 2007.

Mr. Chaloemsak Wanichsombat
President of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department
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