Thailand National Park Fees changing
As of the 17th of January, the way Thailand National Park entrance fees are being paid is changing. How will this affect you and your tours with 5 Star Marine into Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay, Similan Islands, and all the other Thailand National Parks?
There are more than 140 national parks in Thailand, all offering an authentic menu of adventures so that you can experience the landscapes, wildlife, and nature of Thailand in all its glory, depending on which one you are visiting. The Thailand National Parks cover almost 20% of the Kingdom’s territory, from the north and its mountains to the south and the marine parks, Thailand is a diverse nation.
So, what are the changes?
In the past when you book a Boat Tour with 5 Star Marine Phuket, we would inform you to bring cash (Thai Baht) with you so that you can pay the entrance fees to the National Parks when you arrive at the park. This could be when you visit Maya Bay in Phi Phi, or James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay. (There are others, see below)
Most Thailand National Park entrance fees are pretty standard, from around 200 THB to 500 THB per adult, and then generally 50% discount for kids and free for infants.
As of the 17th of January 2023, ALL Thailand National Park fees will need to be paid online and you will be issued with a digital ticket.
So how does this work? Well simple!
When you arrive at the 5 Star Marine pier at Boat lagoon Marina you will be met by your guide who will help you plan your tour. Once you know where you are going, and more to the point, which National Parks you will be going into, the guide will work out the fees, and all you do is pay our office team cash. They will then arrange the online payment to the National Parks Authority of Thailand and hey presto, you get a digital ticket.
So, I guess you are asking why don’t you just pay it yourself online. Well sadly you need to have a correct tour license and number, to get an online National Park account, as well as a host of other paperwork, and trust me, the Thailand authorities love paper work.
Bottom line is that nothing has really changed, apart from you paying your National Park fees at the office, rather than when you arrive at the National Park.
Check out the video as everything is explained in more detail there. [/vc_column_text]
The private boat tours that we offer here at 5 Star Marine Phuket visit some of the most beautiful islands in the world and many of these are within Thailand’s National Parks. Phuket National Parks, include:
Phang Nga National Park
One of the most popular and most photographed islands in Phuket has to be the iconic James Bond Island, it is located in Ao Phang Nga National Park. But, James Bond Island is just one of forty-two karst islands within this marine park. The islands are home to some awesome cliffs, stunning beaches, romantic lagoons, and epic caves, making it a real treat for visitors.
Phi Phi National Park or its real name: Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Phi Phi Islands National Park
Phi Phi National Park is a world-famous marine park located in Krabi Province south Thailand and covers an area of about 388 km². Phi Phi National Park is known for its beautiful white-sandy beaches, coral reefs, crystal clear waters, and limestone karsts, popular among divers and snorkelers. It is also home to one of the world’s best beaches Maya Bay. That’s right Maya Bay, where the 2000 movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Similan National Park
Similan National Park is a fantastic destination for travelers looking to explore underneath the sea. Found off the west coast of southern Thailand, the Similan National Park is a top location for diving and snorkeling, thanks to its crystal-clear waters, thriving sea life, and vibrant reef.
Than Bok Khorani National Park
The landscape of Than Bok Khorani National Park is dominated by a series of limestone mountains, evergreen forests, mangrove forests, and numerous islands. The main flora is evergreen forest, peat swamp forest, strand forest, and mangrove forest, as well as, various types of marine flora. The awesome Ko Hong or Hong Island is located at the edge of the Than Bok Khorani National Park. Ko Hong is an islet with a secluded, lake-like lagoon, steep limestone formations & white sand beaches.