In a spectacular showcase of natural beauty and festive spirit, more than 800,000 enthusiastic visitors flocked to 156 national parks across Thailand during the New Year holidays, spanning from December 29 to January 1. The joyous influx of nature lovers not only contributed to unforgettable memories but also generated a substantial income of 41.6 million baht during the celebratory period.
One notable highlight was the government’s gesture of offering free entrance to Thai nationals on December 31 and January 1, enhancing accessibility and encouraging local participation.
Here’s a glimpse into the top five most visited national parks that captivated the hearts of travelers:
- Khao Yai National Park: The crown jewel in this New Year’s celebration, Khao Yai National Park, welcomed a staggering 101,998 visitors. Known for its lush landscapes and diverse wildlife, the park provided an enchanting backdrop for festive revelry.
- Doi Inthanon National Park: Nestled in the northern region, Doi Inthanon National Park attracted 49,572 visitors seeking the tranquility of Thailand’s highest peak. The park’s scenic beauty and cool climate proved irresistible for those embracing the holiday spirit.
- Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park: With 32,585 visitors, this maritime gem showcased the allure of coastal wonders. Pristine beaches and turquoise waters lured travelers to revel in the breathtaking scenery during the festive season.
- Phu Chi Fa National Park: Drawing in 27,536 visitors, Phu Chi Fa National Park, known for its panoramic views and dramatic landscapes, provided a serene retreat for those seeking a tranquil start to the New Year.
- Khlong Lan National Park: Boasting 27,174 visitors, Khlong Lan National Park’s scenic waterfalls and diverse ecosystems made it a popular choice for nature enthusiasts looking to kick off the year surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.
The impressive turnout not only reflects the deep appreciation for Thailand’s natural treasures but also underscores the importance of sustainable tourism practices to preserve these stunning environments for future generations. As travelers return from their New Year escapades, the memories created in these national parks are sure to linger, inspiring a continued love for nature and exploration.