Let’s play good news – bad news.
Good news! The price of island tours is going down from 18 June 2015!
Bad news! The reason is that tourists now have to pay their own National Park fees, and they just increased the price.
Following some recent scandal about the (non-)declaration of income from entry fees to Krabi’s very popular National Marine Parks (the local rangers had been reporting some 200 visitors a day at Phi Phi, when there is easily 10 times this amount), the central Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation issued a directive to both raise the entry fees, and have more transparency in the way the fees are collected.
This new way, which has already been in practice for many years in areas such as Koh Samui, will mean tourists on group tours will need to carry cash to pay the rangers themselves when they arrive at the beach, and that rangers will have to issue receipts for all visitors. Previously only independent travellers used this system; the tour companies were able to include the National Park entry fee in their ticket price by making their own arrangements with the rangers.
The new directive affects all group tours, from all companies (not just the ones available on our website) to the following destinations:
– Phi Phi Islands (entry fee due in cash: 400 THB / adult and 200 THB / child)
– Hong Islands (entry fee due in cash: 300 THB / adult and 100 THB / child)
– 4 Islands (entry fee due in cash: 400 THB / adult and 200 THB / child)
These are fees to be paid by all customers over and above the price of the tour ticket. The fee is payable once per destination and will cover all the islands in that group.
Note: James Bond Island is not affected, as it is in Phang Nga Province: the entry fee for this island is still included in your ticket price here.
The changes will come into effect on 18 June, 2015 and will apply to both new and existing bookings (made prior to the announcement).