Overnight ban in Similans starts 15 October

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Starting from the opening of the tourism season on 15 October, overnight stays will no longer be allowed in the Mu Ko Similan National Park off Phang Nga province, while visitor numbers to the park’s islands will also be limited as part of efforts to protect the marine ecosystem.

Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation deputy director-general, Chongklai Voraphongston, said the national park was suffering from tourist overcrowding and environmental impacts of visitor activities and the department had decided on strong measures to address the situation.

Chongklai said Mu Ko Similan National Park was the first to ban tourists from staying overnight on the islands and if the measure proved successful in reducing tourist congestion and the impact on the environment then the department would enforce this at other marine national parks also.

Mu Ko Similan National Park sees some of the heaviest overcrowding of all Thailand’s national parks, with up to 6,000 people visiting its Andaman Sea islands daily.

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