Visitors keen on park trips amid reopening

Visitors keen on park trips amid reopening

Strict Covid safety measures in effect for visitors who must book in advance

Visitors enjoy the misty surroundings at Phu Langka National Park in Pong district of Phayao province. (Bangkok Post File Photo)
Visitors enjoy the misty surroundings at Phu Langka National Park in Pong district of Phayao province. (Bangkok Post File Photo)

Phu Langka National Park has the highest bookings among 118 national parks during the first two weeks of November, ahead of the country’s reopening for tourism on Monday, says the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

People must book their park visits in advance via the QueQ app and observe strict Covid protocols under the Public Health Ministry’s D-M-H-T-T-A (Distancing, Mask wearing, Hand washing, Temperature, Testing, Application Thai Chana) measures. 

Between Nov 1 and 11, Phu Langka National Park has the most reservations with 4,269 bookings, followed by Phu Kradueng National Park (2,176), Ramkhamhaeng (400), Phu Soi Dao (383) and Khao Yai National Park (210).

Most visitors to Phu Langka expect to see the Naga Cave, which features rock formations like giant snake scales with majestic waterfalls.

The Naga Cave, located in Bueng Khong Long district of Bueng Kan, was discovered last year, but closed for restoration after it was defaced by visitors looking for lucky lottery numbers.

The reopening started initially with Mae Yom National Park in Phrae, which was certified for the Safety & Health Administration (SHA) standard.

The department has also told national park staff to come up with safety measures for visitors.

Thailand will officially enter winter this coming Tuesday, with the lowest temperatures during the morning in the upper North regions, said Nattapon Nattasomboon, director-general of the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).

The winds blowing across the region at a height of 100 to 3,500 metres will change to northeasterly or easterly, while winds at a height of 5,000 metres and over will come from the west.

However, the weather remains unpredictable which may result in slight rainfall. Heavy showers are still expected in the South, Mr Nattapon added.

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