Thailand to reopen national parks next month

Miss them lush green forests, white beaches and turquoise waterfalls? Visit them again as early as July 1.

Nearly all of Thailand’s 155 national parks will be allowed to reopen starting next month, Varawut Silpa-archa, minister of environment and natural resources, said today. 

Varawut said all visitors will be required to – that’s right – register their entry using the government’s Thai Chana tracking system, despite criticism of its effectiveness and privacy concerns.

National parks were closed in March as part of sweeping measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. During that time, ecologists have noted that dramatic recovery of wildlife, given some breathing room. 

Given the environmental concerns, not all park attractions will reopen immediately. Of the 127 slated to open their gates in July, 64 will open fully, while the other 63 will be partial. The remaining 28 national parks will remain closed until further notice.

Officials will also limit the number of entries per day to deter COVID-19 transmission. 

No plans were announced to limit entry to only Thai nationals

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