Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has begun its annual closure of attractions. The seasonal closures, affecting 66 of the country’s 147 parks, are implemented to allow regeneration of the ecology in certain areas. Adverse weather conditions during the rainy season also make closures necessary in several locations to ensure the safety of visitors in the parks at this time.
The news was confirmed by Tourism Authority Thailand (TAT) on their website in April. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “Natural rejuvenation is a key to preserving the biodiversity and pristine quality of Thailand’s amazing nature and natural resources. I believe that closing off several attractions for certain months during the rainy season demonstrates Thailand’s commitment to ensure sustainable environmental management of the country’s valuable nature heritage.”
Thailand’s national parks cover a total area of more than 70,000 square kilometres, dispersed from north to south, and in the eastern, western and central areas of the country. The DNP has opted to close several attractions in 24 national parks in the North, in 28 national parks in the South, nine national parks in the Northeast, and in five national parks in the Central, Western and Eastern Regions.
To see the full list of parks affected by the closures, click here.