Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has begun its annual seasonal closure of national parks, which include the popular Angthong National Marine Park near Koh Samui and Surat Thani in the south. Various other natural attractions nationwide will be temporarily closed, in order to allow the recovery of ecosystems in Thailand’s parks.
According to the most recent announcement, Angthong National Marine Park will be closed from 1st November until 15th December 2019. In addition to allowing parks to enjoy a ‘fallow’ period, this annual closure for Angthong in particular is also due to safety concerns surrounding the monsoon season, when seas in the park can become rough and the weather unpredictable.
During the various closures that take place in Thailand’s national parks during the monsoon, park keepers are able to carry out maintenance, conduct surveys and give marine life a chance to recover.
During this scheduled closure time, Panorama Destination will not operate any excursions into Angthong National Marine Park. We will post further updates to confirm when the park has reopened.
Closure of national parks in Thailand is a normal and regular occurrence, intended to allow ecology and natural resources to regenerate. In 2019, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will close a total 66 national parks nationwide, including 28 national parks in the south, 24 in the north, nine in the northeast, three in the west and two in the east.
For a full list of the national parks scheduled to close for the monsoon, click here.