Virtually without notice, the government last week raised the entry fees for national parks. In fact it was more than just a raise , prices were doubled.
On Feb 1, national parks were instructed by the government's National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department to begin extorting higher fees from foreign visitors. Thai fees, to be shown only in Thai script, went from 40 to 50 baht. Tourist
prices were doubled, from 200 baht to 400 baht per adult.
The following report appeared on the super-popular Tripadvisor.com website last Friday:
We went to Khao Yai [National Park] for the day, and when we got there we realised that the entry fee for Thais is 40 baht, and for foreigners it is 400 baht.
Dozens of comments followed, ranging from outrage to mildly critical. It might not deter a tourist or a family from visiting Thailand, but it has already deterred visits to attractive sites, and it has brought the government into disrepute as racist and
No topic sets a tourist's teeth on edge like double-double-double-pricing. It is the worst sort of disrespect displayed at the economic level. The government knows this. When it sets different prices for Thai and foreign visitors, it prints the local
price in Thai script. This merely compounds the sneaky intent, since tourists in Thailand and abroad know full well about this trick.