Thailand starts seasonal closure of National Parks

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to announce that the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has started its annual seasonal closure of several attractions in 66 of 147 national parks nationwide.

According to the DNP, this is normal practice, as it closes several attractions every year for a certain period, depending on weather and park conditions. Dates are varied, and the closure is often due to extreme weather, especially during the rainy months, that may create unsafe conditions and allows for some ecological recovery time.

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.”

According to the DNP, Thailand currently has a total of 147 national parks, covering an area of 70,038.65 square kilometres or 13.64 percent of the land area of the country. Of the total, there are 59 national parks in the North, 43 in the South, 25 in the Northeast, and 20 in the Central, Western and Eastern Regions.

Beach at Laem Son National Marine Park, Ranong

This year, the DNP closes several attractions in 66 national parks nationwide, including in 24 national parks in the North, in 28 national parks in the South, in nine national parks in the Northeast, and in five national parks in the Central, Western and Eastern Regions, which are:

The Northern Region

National ParksAttractions that are closedClosure Period
1: Khun Chae, Chiang Rai·       Doi Langka Luang and Doi Mot1 March – 31 October
2: Huai Nam Dang, Mae Hong Son·       The Camping Ground 1 May – 30 September
3: Doi Phu Kha, Nan·       Doi Phu Wae

·       Dok Chompu Phu Kha Nature Trail & the Palm Primitive Forest of Doi Dong Wai

·       Three waterfalls – Phu Fa, Wang Pian and Tat Luang – and rafting on the Nam Wa River

1 March – 30 September

1 June – 30 September


1 July – 30 September

4: Si Nan, Nan·       Doi Samer Dao & Pha Hua Sing

·        Kaeng Luang in the Nan River

 1 March – 30 September

1 May – 30 September

5: Khun Sathan, Nan·       Four waterfalls – Khun Li, Ta Khli, Pha Daeng and Nam Li Luang – and La-ong Cave1 July – 30 September
6: Doi Suthep-Pui, Chiang Mai·       Doi Pui Camping Ground1 May – 31 October
7: Doi Wiang Pha, Chiang Mai·       Doi Wiang Pha Summit1 May – 30 September
8: Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai·       Kio Mae Pan Nature Trail1 June – 31 October
9: Doi Luang, Chiang Mai·       Three waterfalls – Pu Kaeng, Wang Kaeo and Champa Thong1 July – 30 September
10: Doi Pha Hom Pok, Chiang Mai·       Kio Lom Camping Ground, Doi Pha Hom Pok, and four waterfalls – Huai Hian, Pu Muen, Mae Haeng and Na Ma-uen1 July – 30 September
11: Si Lanna, Chiang Mai·       Mon Hin Lai Waterfall1 July – 30 September
12: Op Luang, Chiang Mai·       Mae Tia Waterfall

·       The Camping Ground near Mae Cham River

1 July – 31 October

1 August – 31 October

13: Pha Daeng, Chiang Mai·       Four caves – Chang, Nam, Ngam and Pha DaengClosed until further notice
14: Mae Ping, covering parts of Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Tak·       Ko Luang Waterfall

·       Kaeng Ko

1 July – 30 September

1 July – 31 October

15: Mae Moei, Tak·       Mae Usu Cave1 June – 30 September
16: Khlong Wang Chao, covering parts of Kamphaeng Phet and Tak·       Two waterfalls – Tao Dam and Khlong Wang Chao1 July – 30 September
17: Mae Wong, Kamphaeng Phet and Nakhon Sawan·       Mokochu Peak Nature Trail & three waterfalls – Mae Krasa, Mae Ki and Mae Rewa1 March – 31 October
18: Mae Yom, covering parts of Phrae and Lampang·       Kaeng Suea Ten1 June – 30 September
19: Wiang Kosai, covering parts of Phrae and Lampang·       Mae Koeng Luang Waterfall1 July – 30 September
21: Tat Mok in Phetchabun·       Two waterfalls – Tat Mok and Song Nang1 July – 30 September
20: Thung Salaeng Luang, covering parts of Phitsanulok and Phetchabun·       Thung Non Son1 January – 31 August
22: Phu Soi Dao, covering parts of Uttaradit and Phitsanulok·       Pine Forest on Phu Soi Dao15 January – 30 June
23: Kaeng Chet Khwae, Phitsanulok·       Two waterfalls – Kaeng Suea and Kaeng Pu Ten1 August – 31 October
24: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai·       Tat Dao Waterfall1 July – 30 September

The Southern Region

National ParksAttractions that are closedClosure Period
1: Hat Wanakon, Prachuap Khiri Khan·       Ko Chan and Ko Thaisi1 November – 15 December
2: Mu Ko Chumphon, Chumphon·       The islands in the park’s area1 November – 15 December
3: Tai Rom Yen, Surat Thani·       Three waterfalls – Dat Fa, Mueang Thuat and 357 – and the Khao Nong-San Yen Nature Trail1-30 November
4: Khao Sok, Surat Thani·       The Rafflesia kerrii sighting area (KM. 111)

·       Nam Thalu Cave

1 May – 31 October

1 June – 30 November

5: Khlong Phanom, Surat Thani·       The Rafflesia kerrii sighting area (Ban Tham Phueng)1 May – 31 October
6: Kaeng Krung, Surat Thani·       Rafting on Khlong Yan canal1-15 October
7: Than Sadet-Ko Pha-Ngan, Surat Thani·       Than Sadet Waterfall1 October – 23 December
8: Mu Ko Ang Thong, Surat Thani·       Mu Ko Ang Thong1 November – 15 December
9: Hat Khanom-Mu Ko Thale Tai, covering parts of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani·       Seven islands – Taen, Matsum, Rap, Wang Nai, Wang Nok, Noi and Tha Rai – and four waterfalls – Tha Noi, Samet Chun, Klang Thong and Wang Thong1 November – 15 December
10: Namtok Yong, Nakhon Si Thammarat·       Khao Men Long-Distance Nature Trail1 July – 30 November
11: Khao Luang, Nakhon Si Thammarat·       Viewpoint on Khao Luang Summit1 October – 31 December
12: Khao Pu-Khao Ya, covering parts of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang and Phatthalung·       Seven waterfalls – Riang Thong, Nan Plio, Khao Lak, Thara Warin, Nan Sawan, Kuan Pra and Pak Cham15 November – 25 December
13: Hat Chao Mai, Trang·       Five islands – Muk, Morakot, Kradan, Chueak, and Waen1 June – 30 September
14: Mu Ko Lanta, Krabi·       Ko Rok Nok – Ko Rok Nai, Ko Ngai, Mu Ko Ha, and Kong Hin Daeng-Hin Muang16 May – 14 October
15: Khao Phanom Bencha, Krabi·       Khao Phanom Bencha Trekking TrailClosed until further notice
16: Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi, Krabi·       Ko YungClosed until further notice
17: Lam Nam Kra Buri, Ranong·       Punyaban Waterfall Nature Trail1 October – 30 November
18: Mu Ko Ranong, Ranong·       Ao Khai Tao and Ko Chang16 May – 14 October
19: Laem Son, covering parts of Ranong and Phang-nga·       All marine attractions16 May – 14 October
20: Mu Ko Similan in Phang-nga·       Mu Ko Similan

·       Ko Ta Chai

16 May – 14 October

Closed until further notice

21: Mu Ko Surin, Phang-nga·       Mu Ko Surin16 May – 14 October
22: Khao Lak-Lan Ru, Phang-nga·       Lam Ru and Ton Chong Fa Waterfalls and Thung Kha Ngok1 June – 31 August
23: Mu Ko Phetra, Satun·       Ko Bulon and Ko Lao Liang16 May – 14 October
24: Tarutao, Satun·       Mu Ko Adang – Rawi16 May – 14 October
25: Namtok Sipo, Narathiwat·       The First Tier rea of Sipo Waterfall15 October – 30 November
26: Ao Manao-Khao Tanyong, Narathiwat·       The Park Office area and Ao Manao Beach15 October – 30 November
27: Namtok Sai Khao, covering parts of Pattani, Yala and Songkhla·       Namtok Sai Khao waterfall1 -10 October
28: Budo-Su-ngai Padi, covering parts of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani·       Pacho Waterfall1 November – 31 December

The Northeastern Region

1: Khao Yai, covering Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima and Saraburi·       Pha Diao Dai Viewpoint and Natural Trail1 June – 30 September
2: Nam Phong, Khon Kaen·       Huai Se Waterfall1 January – 31 March
3: Phu Pha Man, Khon Kaen·       Phaya Nakkharat Cave1 June – 30 September
4: Kaeng Tana, Ubon Ratchathani·       Tat Ton Waterfall and Huai Mak Swamp1 May – 31 July
5: Pha Taem, Ubon Ratchathani·       Pha Chanadai1 July – 30 September
6: Phu Langka, Nakhon Phanom·       The Trekking Trail to Pay Homage to the Kong Khao Si Bun Nao Stupa and the Achan Wang Stupa1 May – 31 October
7: Phu Sa Dok Bua, Mukdahan·       Phu Dan Yao-Sa Dok Bua and Phu Wat-Phu Pha Taem Nature Trails1 July – 31 August
8: Phu Kradueng, Loei·       Phu Kradueng Summit1 June – 31 August
9: Phu Suan Sai, Loei·       Camping Ground 14081 July – 30 September


The Eastern Region

1: Khao Laem Ya – Mu Ko Samet, Rayong·       Ko Kudi and Ko Thalu1 May – 30 September
2: Mu Ko Chang, Trat·       Ko Thong Lang, Ko Kra and Ko ThienClosed until further notice


The Western Region

1: Thong Pha Phum, Kanchanaburi·       Khao Chang Phueak Long-Distance Nature Trail1 March – 31 October
2: Lam Khlong Ngu, Kanchanaburi·       Sao Hin Cave and Nang Aen Cave

·       Nang Khruan Waterfall

·       Four caves – Yai, Namtok, World Cup and Namtok Khliti

1 May – 28 February

1 July – 31 October

Closed until further notice

3: Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi·       Ban Krang, Huai Mae Sarieng and Khao Phanoen Thung1 August – 31 October

Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, Phitsanulok

For more information visit http://www.dnp.go.th

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