Thai National Parks Department refuses to lower Phi Phi entry fees
The director of Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP) says the entry fees for Hat Nopparat-Phi Phi will not be reduced. Thanya Netithammakun told reporters that despite a large scale protest the charges would remain as they were.
More than 100 boat operators who serve tourists visiting Hat Nopparat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi Marine National Park blockaded piers there yesterday. They claimed the high cost of admission was deterring tourists from visiting and therefore their livelihoods were at risk.
The current fees for foreign tourists were set 10 years ago and are THB400 for adults and THB200 for children. Thai adults only pay THB40 per visit and children THB20. The demonstrators said THB200 and THB100 for foreign adults and children respectively were fairer.
Mr Netithammakun stated that the entry fees were appropriate and the DNP would not accede to any demands for changes as this could trigger protests at other national parks. He explained that the problem was not a reduction in the number of tourists visiting but an increase in the number of boats.
Hat Nopparat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi is one of the top draws for tourists visiting the Andaman Sea region around Phuket, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi. 12GO ASIA offers multiple ticketing choices, which cater to all budgets, for travel to the region.
Contractors in charge of building a Metro train line for Ho Chi Minh City say it is two thirds finished. The nearly 20km-long line will run between the central Ben Thanh zone and eastern Suoi Tien District.
Phuket’s Laguna Resort is the venue for this weekend’s island marathon. The resort has released a bulletin saying 7,000 competitors from 40 countries will be running in the 12th edition of the perennially popular event.
Vietnam’s mobile telephone services provider Mobifone has inaugurated a programme giving users free access to Facebook. Subscribers with Mobifone SIM cards will be able to log into a slimmed down version of their Facebook accounts even if they have no credit or data balance remaining.