Sunscreen banned in Thai national parks. Violators face THB100,000 fine.

To protect its coral reefs, Thailand on Tuesday enacted a law prohibiting the use of sunscreens in all national parks. 

Those who violate the law will face a fine of up to THB100,000 (US$3,022), according to the details published last night in the Royal Gazette.

The law was passed due to a link between coral damage and sunscreen used by tourists in the waters of marine parks, the department of national parks said. 

That means all sunscreens containing Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, 4-Methylbenzyl and Butylparaben are banned from use.

Several studies have confirmed that chemical UV filters common to sunscreen lotions and cosmetics can have negative impacts on marine life, especially juvenile coral.

Read more Coconuts Bangkok stories here.

Subscribe to the WTF is Up in Southeast Asia + Hong Kong podcast to get our take on the top trending news and pop culture from the region every Thursday!

Reader Interactions

Leave A Reply


Support local news and join a community of like-minded
“Coconauts” across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.

Join Now
Coconuts TV
Our latest and greatest original videos
Subscribe on

This Amsterdam-style coffee shop in Thonglor is a cool place to partake in herbal festivities, play games, and party