In a recent revelation by the National Parks department, October 2023 witnessed a remarkable surge in both the number of visitors and revenue compared to the same period last year. The statistics present a compelling narrative of Thailand’s thriving tourism sector, underscoring the allure of its diverse national parks.
During October 2023, a staggering 1,340,125 visitors explored Thailand’s national parks, marking an impressive increase of 18.50% from the previous year. Simultaneously, the amount of money collected soared to 127,298,144.27 baht, reflecting a substantial growth of 47.33%. This surge can be attributed to the influx of 1,044,504 Thai tourists and 295,621 foreign tourists, signifying a robust appeal to both domestic and international travelers.
Topping the list of parks contributing significantly to the revenue surge are Hat Nopparat Thara National Park in the Phi Phi Islands, Khao Yai National Park, Khao Laem Ya – Mu Ko Samet National Park, Doi Inthanon National Park, and Ao Phang Nga National Park.
The Department of National Parks (DNP), responsible for over 150 parks across the nation, plays a pivotal role in conserving wildlife and preserving natural beauty. From the majestic tigers and elephants to the elusive leopards and tapirs, Thailand’s tropical rainforests boast an impressive array of flora and fauna.
Among the country’s celebrated national parks, Khao Sok National Park stands out as a favorite among visitors due to its tropical forests, diverse wildlife, scenic trails, captivating caves, and unique rafthouses on Cheow Lan Lake. Meanwhile, Khao Yai National Park, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a plethora of hiking trails, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts.
In the southern region, Kaeng Krachan National Park boasts the title of Thailand’s largest national park, attracting serious naturalists with its diverse wildlife. Kui Buri National Park, near Hua Hin, guarantees nearly 100% elephant sightings daily, making it a hotspot for wildlife enthusiasts.
Venturing to the north, Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest mountain, captivates visitors with its waterfalls, lush forests, breathtaking viewpoints, and cool climate. Further enhancing Thailand’s natural charm is Erawan National Park, renowned for the stunning Erawan Falls, a must-visit for those seeking picturesque waterfalls.
As the marine enthusiasts are drawn to the crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, the Similan Islands emerge as a premier diving destination. Meanwhile, Ao Phang-Nga National Park, gracing the coasts of Phuket, Phang-Nga, and Krabi, stands out for its iconic James Bond Island and reputation as the ultimate canoeing destination in Thailand.
This surge in visitation and revenue not only highlights the nation’s natural treasures but also underscores the vital role of responsible tourism in preserving and sustaining these ecological wonders for future generations.