National Park Entrance Fees to Increase to 500 Baht

Entrance fees for some of Thailand’s most popular parks will rise on 1st October 2012 by 25% for foreigners and 150% for Thais according to a report in the Bangkok Post. The new rates, changed due to rising park management costs, will be imposed at 29 “Grade A” national parks.

The admission fee for Thai adults will increase from 40 baht to 100 baht, while admission fees for Thai children will jump from 20 baht to 50 baht. Park entrance fees for foreign adults will increase from 400 baht to 500 baht and from 200 baht to 300 baht for foreign children.

Among the affected national parks are Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai, Khao Yai (Nakhon Ratchasima), Sai Yok (Kanchanaburi), Kaeng Krachan (Phetchaburi), Koh Chang (Trat), Phu Kradueng (Loei), and Similan (Phangnga).

Eight parks in the North, four in the Northeast, three in the East, four in the West, and 10 in the South will be affected by the new fee. The admission fees at the remaining 116 parks will stay the same.

List of 29 national parks which are raising prices to 500 Baht:

North

  • Jae Son National Park, Lampang
  • Pha Hom Pok National Park, Chiang Mai
  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai
  • Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai
  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, Phitsanulok and Phetchaboon
  • Nam Nao National Park, Phetchaboon and Chaiyaphum
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park, Phitsanulok and Loei
  • Huai Nam Dang, Chiang Mai

Northeast

  • Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi & Prachinburi
  • Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani
  • Phu Kradung National Park, Loei
  • Phu Ruea National Park, Loei

East

  • Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet, Rayong
  • Nam Tok Phliu National Park, Chantaburi
  • Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park, Trat

West

  • Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi
  • Khuean Si Nakarin National Park, Kanchanaburi
  • Sai Yok National Park, Kanchanaburi
  • Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi

South

  • Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani
  • Tarutao Marine National Park, Satun
  • Than Bokkhorani Marine National Park, Krabi
  • Mu Ko Lanta Marine National Park, Krabi
  • Mu Ko Similan Marine National Park, Phang Nga
  • Mu Ko Surin Marine National Park, Phang Nga
  • Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park, Surat Thani
  • Hat Chao Mai National Park, Trang
  • Hat Noppharatthara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Krabi
  • Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga

37 responses to “National Park Entrance Fees to Increase to 500 Baht

  1. Thailand is getting pricey.

  2. That is quite expensive but I don’t know if this fits under the theme of your site. Don’t they display the prices? In this instance it relates directly to taxes and funding. For a private business, I understand your point.

  3. I understand why they are tempted to raise prices for foreigners, but they mustn’t forget that foreign tourists come to Thailand as they heard it is a cheap destination. After saving up and paying for the expensive air fares, many of them don’t have much money for anything else. If prices in Thailand are similar to the ones back home then who would come? In my opinion, national parks in Australia are a lot more beautiful than the ones in Thailand. Same goes for the beaches. If Thailand because too expensive then tourists will just go elsewhere.

  4. While some idiots can defend the fact that Thailand’s discrimination pricing system is fair, the rest of us know that its not. My Thai family knows its not fair. My Thai neighbors know its not fair, as do my Thai friends. What if we just embraced the discrimation instead? Maybe I should increase the prices at my business 230%, but only for Thai people. What? That upsets you? Im not charging Thai people more, I’m just charging every other nationality of the world less. Whats wrong with that?

  5. Hm, last time we went to Khao Yai with the family that was 5x thai adult, 1x thai kid, 4x foreign adult – 1820 THB.
    Now it would be 2550 THB… Thats 65 Euro! They should at least offer a “Family card” or some other means of discount for larger groups.

  6. Entrance fees for foreign visitors to Thailand, already punitive, are set to become outright extortionate. A family of four, with two children, would be paying 1,600 baht starting Oct 1 at the country’s top parks. That’s a little over US$51 for just one day’s entrance.

    For parks officials to say that these fees are reasonable and won’t deter visitors is simply laughable.

    In my home country, the United States, that same family of four entering a park in a private vehicle would pay just $25 in total for a permit good for seven days. This the case even at premier parks like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

    And a Thai family visiting America would pay the same $25. Even compared to neighbouring countries, Thai national park fees are way out of line.

    In May, my wife and I visited mainland Malaysia’s premier national park, Taman Negara. The entrance fee was one ringgit, equivalent to 10 baht. We each paid another five ringgit for a camera permit. So our entrance cost was equivalent to 60 baht each, exactly the same as a Malaysian citizen would pay.

    Unless the intent here is to actively discourage foreigners from visiting Thai national parks, then the government needs to seriously rethink their pricing strategy.

  7. Lets stop going, we have a choice

  8. That’s already more than fees to the best Zoo in Finland and it’s one of the most expensive countries in Europe. For example adults 10euro, kids under 6 Free!, kids 8euro. Price is the same for foreigners aswell.
    WTF Thailand!

  9. Yes. No facilities. They claim they are cheaper than in many parks in Europe or the States, but that is not true, especially when you look at facilities. And those countries don’t charge foreigners extra. In the US you can buy a family card for $80-100 a year which gives free entry. If two adults take their two kids to the park here, theyll pay 1600 baht, just under $55.

  10. Can you possibly publish the Thai prices for these parks?

  11. Dare I say it’s a very ‘Thai’ mentality? Lets get as much as we can….same idea with businesses and rent, in the end there are no ‘customers’ and they go bust!
    Such bias against Farang doing anything in Thailand and yet they’re probably the ones that pay the most tax from their businesses in Thailand and money from tourists..

  12. Fees for all parks here. Not sure when they will update. No info about raising prices on DNP site: http://web3.dnp.go.th/parkreserve/entrance_fee.asp?lg=2

  13. no issue with the double pricing, but the price for foreigners reached a level which is unreasonable. 500 THB for each visit is ok for the biggest attraction, but not for each waterfall. but still cheaper than Cambodia or Myanmar!

  14. I was just commenting about dual pricing on my blog, http://www.giunca.com/EdWorld
    yesterday. I love this Kingdom and have traveled all over, while working on my coffee-table book, THAILAND 180º. Most of the parks open too late, and close to early to capture the best light. Need I mention lots of trash, filthy restrooms and lack of soap?!

    Please keep up the good work!

  15. yes, i just wanted to point out what George Giunca wrote: If they charge 500 THB a person i expect good roads, clean restrooms and restaurants and good guide posts troughout the park…

  16. What if everybody writes them, instead of complaining here?

    • That would be a very good idea. Complaining here is a good place to vent your frustrations, but not that many people know about this site. Concrete complaints need to be made to the right authorities concerned, or failing that, to a news outlet that will invariably get the message across.

  17. I am a frequent visitor to the Similans and Surins NPs for scuba diving. These have a single-entry fee which is good for the duration of the stay (even for a multi-day stay) and in addition they charge a daily user fee for divers (but not snorkelers or other visitors). Is there any news of this daily user fee being increased as well? Thanks!

  18. At 500 baht for Erawan, this is more than 100% increase. The current price is 200 baht , even this is expensive compared to what the locals have to pay but to increase to 500 baht is ridiculous. Kanchanaburi’s main attraction is the Erawan Waterfalls (apart from the history of the Death Railway), take that away and there will be no more tourists in this area.

    Probably why they called it Miracle Thailand this year!!!!!!! It will be a miracle for them not to lose their tourists.

  19. this is a very simple resolution for myself. any time i see this happeninb anywhere on the planet, if someone tries to extort more out of me because i am a ‘foreigner’, i have a rule of thumb. i leave, never come back and tell all my frienda about it. very simple. i don’t need to complain, i don’t need to see it and i don’t need to be the target of others’ cynicism. i saw this recenty at Chewang Beach. Taxi 5 km from hotel to Tesco was 600 baht each way. didn’t tak eit, i needed io go and even my hotel charged me 200 each way. that was it for me. i will never return to any area of southern Thailand, nor will i ever go to one of their national parks. very simple

  20. That’s funny “changed due to rising park management costs”
    DNP boss just took lot of staff members to Kenya and Las Vegas (strip!) They spend 32 million baht for that “education” trip. Maybe it was his gift for others, he is due to retire this year?

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/480075_274040616041884_217624308_n.jpg

  21. I take foreign tourists to these park on birding trips and arrange fees according to the entrance fees at the time of booking. Can you imagine how much I lose if I take 10 birders, I’m out of pocket!!

  22. to the editor – incidentally the increase for foreigners is from 200 baht to 500 baht how does that become 25%?

    • Entrance fees at national parks vary across Thailand. A increase from 400B to 500B is 25%.

      • The facts are that a few years ago the entrance fees went up to 400 baht and were then brought back down to 200 baht due to the ensuing anger from the Thai shops within the park, they lost a lot of business due to foreigners refusing to pay the exorbitant increase- so the Royal Forest Departmet have not learnt their lesson! I have lived here for 23 years and due to my work have kept a very careful eye on the finincial side of touring and have been up Doi Inthanon (the highest mountain in Thailand at 2,565m). I have been up this mountain more than a 100 times over the years as it is well known for its birdlife (over 400 species documented) and for the last few years the entrance fee has been 200 baht (as were all major national parks)

  23. The facts are that a few years ago the entrance fees went up to 400 baht and were then brought back down to 200 baht due to the ensuing anger from the Thai shops within the park, they lost a lot of business due to foreigners refusing to pay the exorbitant increase- so the Royal Forest Departmet have not learnt their lesson! I have lived here for 23 years and due to my work have kept a very careful eye on the finincial side of touring and have been up Doi Inthanon (the highest mountain in Thailand at 2,565m). I have been up this mountain more than a 100 times over the years as it is well known for its birdlife (over 400 species documented)

    • Thanks for your correction. I am sorry that your business will probably suffer. The last we heard is that the parks department will review their decision after receiving lots of complaints. I hope you sent in your complaint too. We did.

      • I have, of course, complained and they will eventually give in as they did the last time. My business will not suffer too much now that I know the circumstances as most of the birds in the parks can be found elsewhere (except the endemic green-tailed Sunbird which can only be found on the summit of Doi Inthanon). What will also help is that this time they have increased the entrance fees for the Thais from 30 baht to 100 baht, maybe they will do the job for us? We foreigners, up to a point, have to keep below the radar otherwise repercussions can result. There is just one place where my business will suffer and that is at the summit of Doi Inthanon in a souvenir shop where my 3 CD’s of thai bird calls are on sale. After the last 400 baht fiasco the sales dropped by two thirds as it was mostly foreigners buying them! If proof were needed of foreigners reacting to the discrimination my loss of sales is evidence!

        • You don’t need to stay below the radar if you are being discriminated against. Why would anyone tolerate that? If you are unhappy with being taken for a ride because you are being asked to pay more due to your skin colour, you take up the issue with the relevant authorities. If that doesn’t work, you make some noise back home by writing to your local current affairs program or a letter of complaint to a newspaper or something.

          Although it was a different case, but Vietnamese travelers who earlier this year were made to feel “like criminals” when they were photographed with 20000 Baht in front of their faces upon entering Thailand at the Thai/Cambodian border checkpoint of Aranyaprathet, complained to a major national Vietnamese newspaper who in turn spoke to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. In turn, they issued a complaint to the Thai government via the Thai embassy in Hanoi to “stop the practice”. And although Thai immigration maintains it has the right to question certain nationalities to make sure they have sufficient funds, they did start accepting other forms of proof of funds and stopped taking pictures with money flashed in front of their faces.

          So as you can see, if we complain then action is likely to be taken. However, if we continue to whinge and whine but don’t make a proper complaint then the Thais will think it’s OK to continue with this behaviour when it clearly isn’t.

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    While it does not surprise me that the prices have risen, I am surprised to see such an increase in the amount paid by Thai nationals. I agree with the change and I agree that the Thais should pay the same amount as foreigners but I think the money collected should be put to more use rather than just lining the pockets of the top officials on each respective national park.

  25. With rate increases like this, there should be some promised improvements. What about an English speaking guide for starters if foreigners are to be charged such an extortionate and discriminatory entrance fee

  26. Anyone know the complaint address for Thailand’s national parks?

  27. kuiburi national park:
    ~foreigner 200 baht
    ~thai 40 baht
    i can live with the difference in price. 200 baht is not the end of the world and the thai price is listed openly. however, i think it’s a shame the authorities don’t even bother to make an english brochure for us aliens paying 5x the thai price. what we got was a useless thai language brochure, no info/explanation whatsoever. if u have a question it’s better to ask the elephants themselves. most originally came from myanmar so they speak a little english (unlike the thai, haha).

  28. An idea i had years ago,as i lived in Nakon Nayok next to a park ideal for a morning run or cycle,was to make the ticket multiple entry or yearly,most tourists arent going to go more than once to a national park,but if the 500bt is for a year then a few whites might be willing to pay.

  29. Tomorrow,the 6th of December, we are going to Huay Mae Khamin waterfalls, only because of the Kings birthday celebrations allowing free entry from the 4th to the 6th. I don’t object to paying, but I do object to the dual pricing that normally takes place. How would Thai visitors or UK residents feel if they were charged £32.00 for an £8.00 entry to an English Heritage site? In justification we English could say “Well if you can afford to come here, you can afford to pay plenty” Obviously an unacceptable idea, but that seems to be the attitude in Thailand and it pretty much amounts to racism.

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