What are Thailand National Park Fees? Pull a number out of a hat?

Stream at Tai Rom Yen National Park, Surat Thani province, Thailand.I’ve posted a couple times about Thailand National Park fees and how they were due for an increase. They had been increased officially, and some parks were charging the higher amount, but now they’ve lowered the prices for entrance fees to Thailand’s National Parks in a bid to increase tourism to those parks.

Someone (Meadish sweetball?) at ThaiVisa forum had a well laid out post where he attempted to translate a Thai document regarding the prices for entrance of foreign visitors to Thailand’s national parks. Awesome work, and I must thank him for the effort… I wonder why Thailand is making it so hard for foreigners to know what the price will be? There is different tier pricing based on the popularity of the parks… Here’s the link: National Parks Pricing in Thailand Bizarre, yes? I’m going to copy some info from the ThaiVisa post because I can’t risk that the post will go away or be moved and my link will break. Know that all info provided re: pricing is FROM the link above… if it doesn’t work at some point all the following will still remain here… forever? ************** Here is the main pricing info: 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: ชาวไทย ‘chaaw thai’ (Thais) and ชาวต่างประเทศ ‘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. As you can see – you might be charged anything ranging from free to 400 baht as an adult visiting a national park in Thailand. Your kids might be charged anything from free to 200 baht.

Kids are those 14 years and under… so your 15 year old is an adult.

Here are the parks that are placed into groups… I must say that this seems fair enough – Those in group 1 seem to be high quality parks and people will pay the fees. In group 2 I noticed Tai Rom Yen National Park in Surat Thani is there – which makes sense – 200 baht is probably right for that… though, confidentially – if you tell them you teach in Surat – like I did (and I did) then they might wave the fee for you. I got in free a number of times there – 5? Also in group 3 is Khao Phanom Bencha park in Krabi province, which – is really only worth 100 baht for an adult. So at first glance, and having limited knowledge of parks here it looks fair. But, it’s going to be confusing to people because every park has a different price… and, you MIGHT have to content with some unscrupulous workers who try to charge higher fees than they should. Maybe print out the page from ThaiVisa before you go on vacation to show someone if they try to charge you a higher rate? Up to you. Here is the list of national parks and what group they fall into (from ThaiVisa.com): GROUP 1. [My note: These parks belong to Group 1 – the most expensive group] – Koh Surin Islands, Phang Nga province [ENTIRE AREA] – Koh Similan Islands, Phang Nga province [ENTIRE AREA] – Doi Pha Hom Pok (Mae Fang), Chiang Rai province [The area near the summit of Doi Pha Hom Pok] – Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai province [Starting from Checkpoint 2 (km. 37) on Jom Thong Rd. up until the summit of Doi Inthanon] – Thung Salaeng Luang, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun provinces [The Thung Nang Phaya and Thung Non Son area] – Phu Kradueng, Loei province [Starting from the Sri Than checkpoint until the summit of Doi Kradueng] – Khao Yai, Prachinburi / Saraburi / Nakhon Ratchasima / Nakhon Nayok provinces [Starting from the Noen Hom checkpoint until the San Jao Pho checkpoint] – Koh Lanta Islands, Krabi province (all islands, e.g. Koh Ngai, Koh Rok, Koh Tukonlima, Kong Hin Daeng etc.) – Had Nopparattara / Phi Phi Islands, Krabi province (all islands, e.g. Phi Phi Leh, Koh Mai Phai, Koh Yuung, Koh Pida, Koh Poda For group 1, only the areas specified above require payment of the highest fee (400 baht for foreign adults). Other areas of the same parks are 200 baht for foreign adults. GROUP 2. [My note: These parks belong to Group 2 – the next most expensive group (200 baht for foreign adults)] Northern Thailand – Doi Suthep / Pui, Chiang Mai province – Huay Nam Dang, Chiang Mai province – Ob Luang, Chiang Mai province – Chae Son, Lampang province – Wiang Kosay, Phrae and Lampang provinces – Mae Surin waterfall, Mae Hong Son province – Chat Trakan waterfall, Phitsanulok province – Phu Hin Rong Klao (Rong Klao rock), Phitsanulok and Loei provinces – Nam Nao, Phetchabun and Chaiyaphum provinces – Mae Jarim, Nan province – Doi Phu Kha, Nan province – Sri Sachanalay, Sukhothai province – Lan Sang, Tak province – Taksin Maharat, Tak province – Mae Wong, Kamphaengphet and Tak provinces – Khlong Wang Jao, Kamphaengphet and Tak provinces – Khlong Lan, Kamphaengphet province North-Eastern Thailand – Pha Taem, Ubon Ratchathani province – Phu Jong Na Yoy, Ubon Ratchathani province – Khao Phra Wihan, Srisaket and Ubon Ratchathani provinces – Phu Ruea, Loei province – Phu Wiang, Khonkaen province – Tat Don, Chaiyaphum province – Sai Thong, Chaiyaphum province Central Thailand – Sri Nakharin Reservoir, Kanchanaburi province – Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi province – Erawan, Kanchanaburi province – Chaloem Rattanakosin, Kanchanaburi province – Kaeng Krachan, Phetburi and Prachuab Kirikhan provinces – Khao Laem, Kanchanaburi province Eastern Thailand – Khao Khichanakut, Chanthaburi province – Khao Chamao – Khao Wong, Rayong and Chanthaburi provinces – Khao Laem Ya – Koh Samet Islands …and Rayong province [there may be something missing in the original doc here] – Phliw Waterfall, Chanthaburi province – Koh Chang Islands, Trat province – Pang Sida, Sakaew and Prachinburi provinces Southern Thailand – Kuiburi, Prachuab Kirikhan province – Khao Sam Roi Yod, Prachuab Kirikhan province – Koh Chumpon Islands, Chumpon province – Laem Son, Ranong and Phang Nga provinces – Ao Phang Nga, Phang Nga province – Koh Ang Thong Islands, Surat Thani province – Khao Sok, Surat Thani province – Tai Rom Yen, Surat Thani province – Yong waterfall, Nakhon Sri Thammarat province – Khao Luang, Nakhon Sri Thammarat province – Sirinat, Phuket province – Jao Mai beach, Trang province – Than Bok Kharani, Krabi province – Thaleh Ban, Satun province – Tarutao, Satun province GROUP 3. [My note: These parks belong to group 3, the next cheapest group. (100 baht for foreign adults).] Northern Thailand – Doi Luang, Chiang Rai, Phayao and Lampang provinces – Phu Chang, Chiang Rai and Phayao provinces – Khunchae, Chiang Rai province – Pha Daeng, Chiang Mai province – Sri Lanna, Chiang Mai province – Salawin, Mae Hong Son province – Mae Ping, Chiang Mai and Lamphun and Tak provinces – Doi Khun Tan, Lamphun and Lampang provinces – Mae Wa, Lampang and Tak provinces – Mae Moei, Tak province – Mae Yom, Phrae and Lampang provinces – Ramkhamhaeng, Sukhothai province – Srinan, Nan province – Doi Phaklong, Phrae province – Lam Nam Nan, Phrae and Utaradit provinces – Khlong Tron, Utaradit province – Tak Mok, Phetchabun province North-Eastern Thailand – Kaeng Tana, Ubon Ratchathani province – Phu Sa Dok Bua, Mukdahan and Yasothon and Amnad Charoen provinces – Phu Pha Thia, Mukdahan province – Phu Phayon, Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan provinces – Phu Kao – Phu Phankham, Udon Thani and Khonkaen and Nong Bualamphu provinces – Nam Phong, Khonkaen and Chaiyaphum provinces – Phu Pha Man, Loei and Khonkaen provinces – Phu Phan, Sakon Nakhon and Kalasin provinces – Phu Laen Kha, Chaiyaphum province – Pa Hin Ngam, Loei province – Thab Lan, Prachinburi and Nakhon Rachasima provinces – Ta Phra Ya, Sakaew and Buriram provinces Central Thailand – Sam Lan waterfall, Saraburi province – Phu Toey, Suphanburi province Southern Thailand – Huay Yang waterfall, Prachuab Kirikhan province – Wonkon beach, Prachuab Kirikhan province – Ngao waterfall, Ranong and Chumphon provinces – Lan Nam Kraburi, Ranong province – Kaeng Krung, Surat Thani province – Khlong Phanom, Surat Thani province – Si Khit waterfall, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Surat Thani provinces – Budo-Sungaibadi, Narathiwat and Pattani and Yala provinces – Khao Pu – Khao Ya, Phattalung and Trang and Nakhon Sri Thammarat provinces – Khao Lam Pi – Thai Mueang beach, Phang Nga province – Khao Lak – Lam Ru, Phang Nga province – Sri Phang Nga, Phang Nga province – Khao Phanom Bencha, Krabi province – Khao Nam Khang, Songkhla province – Koh Phetra Islands, Satun and Trang provinces – Bang Lang, Yala province 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. The service charge for individuals is to be applied to tourists who spend a maximum of 5 days in any single 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.

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One thought on “What are Thailand National Park Fees? Pull a number out of a hat?”

  1. The whole double pricing issue really does not make much sense at all to me, try as I do to justify it to others sometimes.

    My main gripe is that the National Parks are run on a mandate based on education and protection and for the life of me I cannot see how charging “visitors” more fits in with any articles of the mandate.

    I would have no issues with them introducing elevated prices for park guides or other services using English but just to enter a park it makes no sense.

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