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.