"The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) announced that the entrance cost at many popular national parks in Thailand would see their first jump in a decade starting January 1".
"The current proposed increase in fees for Thai adults is 40 baht to 100 baht, while the cost for Thai children will jump from 20 to 50 baht. Adult foreigners will see a 20 per cent increase as the park fees go from 400 to 500 baht, while the fee for foreign children will rise from 200 to 300 baht, DNP officer Apinya Mingkwan confirmed to the Gazette".
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It's getting expensive...
Personally, I've always brought along a copy of my work permit and been let in for the Thai price but I've heard that some parks will still charge the foreigner price.
It's more than doubling. What's the reason? Are the park authorities making the national parks attractive by cleaning them? I have never been to a national park in Thailand and I don't think I ever will go. Laos has a few nice ones I'd like to check out.
...like much else in the swamp, national parks include scams...diddling tourists (and, where possible, locals) out of cash is the national pastime...while political cronies use the parks to build resorts, escape destinations, and other recreational sites, locals (including us) are billed for the pleasure of a visit...
...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...
^there are some that grumle at that, the only (according to the regulations) sure way to achieve the 'Thai' (and by that they mean the 'tax payers') rate is to show a valid tax card supported by official Thai identification. Now, most cases a simple DL will suffice, but I have come across a few nasty fuckers who insist on being rude and discriminatory based on the colour of my skin (I had one idiot actually say it to me once - you are white and you pay the white price!).
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Let's burn the forests!
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
That's ridiculously expensive.
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