Four islands in Trang province, south Thailandmood soon for four months to give nature that’s one chance give back right after the busy tourist season, namely Koh Muk, Koh Kradan, Koh Chuek, and Koh Waen. Thailand’s Similan Islands will also close for the rainy season.
Yesterday, Hat Chao Mai National Park Chief Prit Narasaritkul announced the temporary suspension of tourism activities and overnight stays in the park from June 1 – September 30, 2023, reports Khao Sod.
Hat Chao Mai National Park is famous Emerald Cavewest of Koh Muk island, will be closed to tourists for a shorter period from September 1-30, 2023.
Chief Prit said the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation decided to close the park to tourists for four months to protect Thailand’s natural resources and tourist attractions.
The department is considering the safety of tourists and has decided that the monsoon would be an appropriate time to close the park as the Andaman Coast will experience strong winds, heavy rains and rough conditions, it said. of the chief.
One of the islands to be closed – Koh Kradan – needs a break even more after tourist arrivals to the island recently increased sixfold.
After Koh Kradan was voted the ‘best beach in the world’ by the UK website World Beach Guide in March, tourism to the undeveloped island has exploded. Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said…
“After Koh Kradan was ranked the best beach in the world, the number of tourists jumped to 2000 per day, a six-fold increase from the previous average of 300 visitors per day.”
Unlike its neighbor Koh Muk, Koh Kradan has no village or local life. There are only small resorts and a minimart. The island was not designed to handle thousands of tourists.
After the busy Songkran season, Thailand’s Similan Islands – a remote archipelago of 11 islands located 70 kilometers off the coast of mainland Phang Nga province – will also be close to tourists this rainy season. The marine park will close on May 19 and reopen on October 15, 2023.
This post was last modified on Friday, May 5, 2023 1:01 pm